Dr Jonathan Chambers

Dr Jonathan Chambers

Team Leader Geophysical Tomography

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3428

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  •  2015 – ongoing : Journal of Applied Geophysics, Co-Editor-In-Chief
  •  2015 – ongoing : NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Infrastructure
  •  2012 – ongoing : Geophysical Tomography Team Leader
  •  2000 – ongoing : Research Geophysicist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 –2001 : PhD, University of Sheffield, Applied & Environmental Geophysics
  •  1996 –1997 : MSc, University of Leicester, Industrial Rocks & Minerals (Distinction)
  •  1993 –1996 : BSc (Hons), University of Bristol, Geology (First Class)

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2016 – ongoing : Principal Investigator: The Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME) - Automating Decision Support. NERC grant award (NE/N012933/1)).
  •  2015 – ongoing : Principal Investigator: Infrastructure KE Fellowship - Enhancing the resilience of infrastructure to climate change & extreme weather using automated monitoring technologies. NERC grant award (NE/M020622/1)).
  •  2014 –2015 : Principal Investigator: The Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME) - Technology Demonstrator. NERC grant award (NE/M008479/1)).
  •  2013 – ongoing : Co-Investigator. Infrastructure slopes: Sustainable Management And Resilience Assessment (iSMART). EPSRC Grant Award (EP/K027050/1). Project partners: Newcastle (PI), Durham, Loughborough, Southampton, & Queens University Belfast.
  •  2013 –2016 : Co-Investigator: SUSTAMINING (Selective and sustainable exploitation of ornamental stones based on demand). MIRO (Minerals Industry Research Organisation) project.
  •  2013 –2014 : Principal Investigator: Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME). NERC Innovation B award.
  •  2015 – ongoing : Early warning of landslide events using computer vision and geophysical image analysis (PhD project).  Dr Bai Li (University of Nottingham) and Dr Paul Wilkinson (BGS).
  •  2015 – ongoing : Revealing hydrological and biogeochemical heterogeneity at the groundwater-surface water interface using geophysics (PhD project). Prof. Andrew Binley (Lancaster).
  •  2014 – ongoing : Development and application of machine learning techniques for characterisation and quantification of change in time-lapse electrical resistivity tomography monitoring (PhD project). Dr Paul Wilkinson (BGS), and Dr Li Bai (University of Nottingham).
  •  2013 – ongoing : Development of a UAV-based landslide monitoring system (PhD project). Dr Pauline Miller and Prof. John Mills (University of Newcastle).
  •  2013 – ongoing : Geoelectrical monitoring of moisture driven processes in natural and engineered slopes (PhD project). Prof. Hansruedi Maurer (ETH Zurich).
  •  2012 – ongoing : Development and application of geophysical proxies for imaging geotechnical property changes during development of near survace shear zones (PhD project). Dr David Gunn (BGS), and Prof. Stephanie Glendinning and Dr Paul Hughes (University of Newcastle).

Research interests

  • Development and application of electrical imaging methods: electrical resistivity tomography (ERT); self-potential tomography (SPT); induced polarisation tomography (IPT); spectral induced polarisation (SIP)
  • Engineering geophysics: investigation and monitoring of engineered structures (e.g. earthworks), and geophysical-geotechnical-hydrogeological property interrelationships
  • Geohazards: landslide investigation and monitoring
  • Hydrogeophysics: non-invasive 4D imaging of contaminant transport, CO2 containment, hydrocarbons, saline intrusion in coastal aquifers, and unsaturated (vadose) zone processes
  • Mineral exploration geophysics: high resolution electrical imaging to support exploration, mining and quarry design
  • Quaternary deposit characterisation: high resolution 3D imaging


  • Field instrumentation & sensor network development for near-real-time remote environmental monitoring
  • Geophysical/geospatial modelling and visualisation
  • Laboratory-scale imaging of geophysical properties and processes
  • Near surface geoelectrical methods

Professional association

  •  2003 – ongoing : European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Member
  •  1996 – ongoing : Geological Society of London, Fellow (Chartered Geologist - Spring 2005)

Published outputs

Key papers

BERGAMO P, DASHWOOD B, UHLEMANN S, SWIFT R, CHAMBERS JE, GUNN DA, AND DONOHUE S, 2016. Time-lapse monitoring of climate effects on earthworks using surface waves, GEOPHYSICS, 81(2), EN1–EN15, doi:10.1190/geo2015-0275.1.

UHLEMANN S, SORENSEN JPR, HOUSE AR, WILKINSON PB, ROBERTS C, GOODDY DC, BINLEY AM, AND CHAMBERS JE, 2016. Integrated time-lapse geoelectrical imaging of wetland hydrological processes. Water Resources Research, doi:10.1002/2015WR017932.

WILKINSON P, CHAMBERS J, UHLEMANN S, MELDRUM P, SMITH A, DIXON N, LOKE MH, 2016. Reconstruction of landslide movements by inversion of 4D electrical resistivity tomography monitoring data. Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2015GL067494

BOON, DP, CHAMBERS, JE, HOBBS, PRN, KIRKHAM, M, MERRITT, A J, DASHWOOD, C, PENNINGTON, C, WILBY, PR, 2015. A combined geomorphological and geophysical approach to characterising relict landslide hazard on the Jurassic Escarpments of Great Britain. Geomorphology , 248, 296-310. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.07.005

CHAMBERS, JE, MELDRUM, PI, WILKINSON, PB, WARD, W, JACKSON, C, MATTHEWS, B, JOEL, P, KURAS, O, BAI, L, UHLEMANN, S, GUNN, D, 2015. Spatial monitoring of groundwater drawdown and rebound associated with quarry dewatering using automated time-lapse electrical resistivity tomography and distribution guided clustering. Engineering Geology, 193, 412-420. doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2015.05.015

LOKE, MH, WILKINSON, PB, CHAMBERS, JE, UHLEMANN, S, AND SORENSEN, J, 2015. Optimised arrays for 2-D resistivity survey lines with a large number of electrodes. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 112:136–146. doi: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2014.11.011.

MERRITT AJ, CHAMBERS JE, WILKINSON PB, WEST LJ, MURPHY W, GUNN D, UHLEMANN S, 2015. Measurement and modelling of moisture–electrical resistivity relationship of fine-grained unsaturated soils and electrical anisotropy. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 124, doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2015.07.003.

NEWELL, AJ, SORENSEN, JPR, CHAMBERS, JE, WILKINSON, PB, UHLEMANN, S, ROBERTS, C, GOODDY, DC, 2015. Fluvial response to Late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental change in a Thames chalkland headwater: the Lambourn of southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, doi: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2015.08.008

UHLEMANN, S, SMITH, A, CHAMBERS, JE, DIXON, N, DIJKSTRA, T, HASLAM, E, MELDRUM, P, MERRITT, A, GUNN, D, AND MACKAY, J, 2015. Assessment of ground-based monitoring techniques applied to landslide investigation. Geomorphology, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.10.027

UHLEMANN, S, WILKINSON, PB, CHAMBERS, JE, MAURER, H, MERRITT, AJ, GUNN, DA, AND MELDRUM, PI, 2015. Interpolation of landslide movements to improve the accuracy of 4D geoelectrical monitoring. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 121 (2015) 93–105.

WILKINSON, PB, UHLEMANN, S, CHAMBERS, JE, MELDRUM, PI, AND LOKE MH, 2015. Development and testing of displacement inversion to track electrode movements on 3D Electrical Resistivity Tomography monitoring grids. Geophysical Journal International, 200:1566–1581. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu483.

WILKINSON, PB, UHLEMANN, S, MELDRUM, PI, CHAMBERS, JE, CARRIERE, S, OXBY, L, AND LOKE, MH, 2015. Adaptive time-lapse optimized survey design for electrical resistivity tomography monitoring. Geophysical Journal International, 203, 755-766. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv329

CHAMBERS, JE, GUNN, DA, WILKINSON, PB, MELDRUM, PI, HASLAM, E, HOLYOAKE, S, KIRKHAM, M, KURAS, O, MERRITT, A, WRAGG, J. 2014. 4D Electrical Resistivity Tomography monitoring of soil moisture dynamics in an operational railway embankment. Near Surface Geophysics, 12, 61-72. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu357.

CHAMBERS, JE, WILKINSON, PB, UHLEMANN, S, SORENSEN, JPR, ROBERTS, C, NEWELL, AJ, WARD, W, BINLEY, A, WILLIAMS, PJ, GOODDY, DC, OLD, G, BAI, L. 2014. Derivation of lowland riparian wetland deposit architecture using geophysical image analysis and interface detection. Water Resources Research, 50, 5886–5905, doi: 10.1002/2014WR015643.

GLENDINNING, S, HUGHES, P, HELM, P, CHAMBERS, J, MENDES, J, GUNN, D, WILKINSON, P AND UHLEMANN, S. 2014. Construction, management and maintenance of embankments used for road and rail infrastructure: implications of weather induced pore water pressures. Acta Geotechnica , in press, doi: 10.1007/s11440-014-0324-1.

GUNN, D.A., CHAMBERS, J.C., UHLEMANN, S., WILKINSON, J.B., MELDRUM, P.I., DIJKSTRA, T.A., HASLAM, E., KIRKHAM, M., WRAGG, J., HOLYOAKE, S., HUGHES, P.N., HEN-JONES, R., GLENDINNING, S. 2014. Moisture monitoring in clay embankments using electrical resistivity tomography. Construction and Building Materials , doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2014.06.007.

LOKE, MH, WILKINSON, PB, CHAMBERS, JE, AND STRUTT, M. 2014. Optimized arrays for 2-D cross-borehole electrical tomography surveys. Geophysical Prospecting , 62, 172-189. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12072.

LOKE, MH, WILKINSON, PB, UHLEMANN, S, CHAMBERS, JE, OXBY, L, 2014. Computation of optimized arrays for 3-D electrical imaging surveys. . Geophysical Journal International , 199, 1751-1764, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu357.

MERRITT, AJ, CHAMBERS, JE, MURPHY, W, WILKINSON, PB, WEST, LJ, GUN, DA, MELDRUM, PI, KIRKHAM, M, AND DIXON, N. 2014. 3D ground model development for an active landslide in Lias mudrocks using geophysical, remote sensing and geotechnical methods. Landslides , 11, 537-550. DOI: 10.1007/s10346-013-0409-1.

SMITH, A, DIXON, N, MELDRUM, P, HASLAM, E, AND CHAMBERS, J, 2014. Acoustic emission monitoring of a soil slope: Comparisons with continuous deformation measurements, Geotechnique Letters , 4, 255-261, doi:10.1680/geolett.1400053.

SUPPER, R, CHAMBERS, J, TSOURLOS, P, AND KIM, JH. 2014. Special issue on geoelectrical monitoring foreward. Near Surface Geophysics , 12 (1), 1-3.

WARD, W.O.C., WILKINSON, P.B., CHAMBERS, J.E., OXBY, L.S., BAI, L. 2014. Distribution-based fuzzy clustering of Electrical Resistivity Tomography images for interface detection. Geophysical Journal International , 197 (1), 310-321, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu006.