Dr Jonathan Chambers

Dr Jonathan Chambers Team Leader - Geophysical Tomography

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3428

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  •  2012 –Present :  Geophysical Tomography Team Leader
  •  2011 –Present :  Chair, BGS Futures (Horizon Scanning) Team
  •  2010 –Present :  Hydrogeophysical Laboratory Leader
  •  2000 –Present :  Research Geophysicist, British Geological Survey
  •  1997 –2001 :  PhD, University of Sheffield, Applied & Environmental Geophysics
  •  1996 –1997 :  MSc, University of Leicester, Industrial Rocks & Minerals
  •  1993 –1996 :  BSc (Hons), University of Bristol, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2012 –2016 :  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).
  •  2012 –2013 :  Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME). NERC Innovation A award.
  •  2010 –2012 :  Co-Investigator: Automated time lapse electrical resistivity tomography for monitoring embankments (ALERT-ME). East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) demonstration grant. Project partners: Network Rail, London Underground, British Waterways, Great Central Railway (Nottingham), G. Underwood Ltd.
  •  2010 –2014 :  Hydrogeophysical Monitoring of Landslide Processes (PhD project).  Dr Bill Murphy & Dr Jared West (University of Leeds).
  •  2009 –2012 :  EO-MINERS. European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
  •  2009 –2011 :  Principal Investigator:Investigation and Monitoring of Aggregate Deposits Using Geo-Electrical Resistivity Imaging (IMAGER). Defra - Mineral Industry Sustainable Technology Programme Grant MA/7/G/1/007. Project partners: Tarmac, Hanson, Cemex, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, MIRO.
  •  2007 –Present :  Project Leader: Hazard-ALERT: geophysical monitoring of landslides. BGS, NERC.


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

Professional association

  •  2011 –Present :  Journal of Applied Geophysics, Editorial Board Member
  •  2011 –Present :  Near Surface Geophysics, Editorial Board Member
  •  2010 :  Scientific Committee Member, EAGE Near Surface 2011, Leicester, UK, 12-14 September 2011
  •  2004 –Present :  Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Active Member
  •  2003 –Present :  European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Member
  •  1996 –Present :  Geological Society of London, Fellow (Chartered Geologist - Spring 2005)

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, saline intrusion in coastal aquifers, and unsaturated (vadose) zone processes
  •  Quaternary deposit characterisation: high resolution 3D imaging of economic mineral deposits

Published outputs

Key papers

CHAMBERS, JE, GUNN, DA, WILKINSON, PB, MELDRUM, PI, HASLAM, E, HOLYOAKE, S, KIRKHAM, M, KURAS, O, MERRITT, A, WRAGG, J. 2013. 4D Electrical Resistivity Tomography monitoring of soil moisture dynamics in an operational railway embankment. Near Surface Geophysics (in press).

CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, WARDROP, D, HAMEED, A, HILL, I, JEFFREY, C, LOKE, M H, MELDRUM, P I, KURAS, O, CAVE, M, GUNN, D A. 2012. Bedrock detection beneath river terrace deposits using three-dimensional electrical resistivity tomography. Geomorphology, Vol. 177-178, 17-25.

WILKINSON, P B, LOKE, M H, MELDRUM, P I, CHAMBERS, J E, KURAS, O, GUNN, D A, AND OGILVY, R D. 2012. Practical aspects of applied optimised survey design for Electrical Resistivity Tomography. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 189 (1), 428-440.

CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, KURAS, O, FORD, J R, GUNN, D A, MELDRUM, P I, PENNINGTON, C V L, WELLER, A L, HOBBS, P R N, and OGILVY, R D. 2011. Three-dimensional geophysical anatomy of an active landslide in Lias Group mudrocks, Cleveland Basin, UK. Geomorphology, Vol. 125, 472-484.

WILKINSON P B, CHAMBERS, J E, KURAS, O, MELDRUM, P I AND GUNN, D A. 2011. Long-term time-lapse geoelectrical monitoring. First Break, Vol. 29, 45-52.

CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, WEALTHALL, G P, LOKE, M H, DEARDEN, R, WILSON, R, ALLEN, D, and OGILVY, R D. 2010. Hydrogeophysical imaging of deposit heterogeneity and groundwater chemistry changes during DNAPL source zone bioremediation. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Vol. 118, 43-61.

LOKE, M H, WILKINSON, P B, AND CHAMBERS, J E. 2010. Fast computation of optimized electrode arrays for 2D resistivity surveys. Computers and Geosciences, Vol. 36, pp.1414-1426.

LOKE, M H, WILKINSON, P B, AND CHAMBERS, J E. 2010. Parallel computation of optimized arrays for 2-D electrical imaging surveys. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 183, 1302-1315.

WILKINSON, P B, CHAMBERS, J E, MELDRUM, P I, GUNN, D A, OGILVY, R D, and KURAS, O. 2010. Predicting the movements of permanently installed electrodes on an active landslide using time-lapse geoelectrical resistivity data only. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 183, 543-556.

WILKINSON, P B, MELDRUM, P I, KURAS, O, CHAMBERS, J E, HOLYOAKE, S J, OGILVY, R D. 2010. High-resolution Electrical Resistivity Tomography monitoring of a tracer test in a confined aquifer. Journal of Applied Geophysics, Vol. 70, 268-276.

OGILVY, R D, KURAS, O, MELDRUM, P I, WILKINSON, P B, CHAMBERS, J E, SEN, M, PULIDO-BOSCH, A, GISBERT, J, JORRETO, S, FRANCES, I AND TSOURLOS, P. 2009. Automated Monitoring of Coastal Aquifers with Electrical Resistivity Tomography. Near Surface Geophysics, Vol. 7, 367-375.

PENNINGTON, C V L, FOSTER C, CHAMBERS J E AND JENKINS G O. 2009. Landslide Research at the British Geological Survey: Capture, Storage and Interpretation on a National and Site-Specific Scale. Acta Geologica Sinica, Vol. 83, 991-999.

KURAS, O, PRITCHARD, J, MELDRUM, P I, CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, OGILVY, R D, WEALTHALL G P. 2008. Monitoring hydraulic processes with Automated time-Lapse Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ALERT). Comptes Rendus Geosciences - Special Issue on Hydrogeophysics, Vol. 341, 868-885.

WILKINSON, P B, CHAMBERS, J E, LELLIOT, M, WEALTHALL, G P AND OGILVY, R D. 2008. Extreme sensitivity of crosshole electrical resistivity tomography measurements to geometric errors. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 173, 49–62.

CHAMBERS, J E, WILKINSON, P B, WELLER, A L, MELDRUM, P I, GILVY, R D, and CAUNT, S. 2007. Mineshaft imaging using surface and crosshole 3D electrical resistivity tomography: A case history from the East Pennine Coalfield, UK. Journal of Applied Geophysics, Vol. 62, 324-337.