Dr Jonathan Chambers

Dr Jonathan Chambers

Team Leader - Geophysical Tomography

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3428

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  •  2012 – ongoing : Geophysical Tomography Team Leader
  •  2011 –2013 : Chair, BGS Futures (Horizon Scanning) Team
  •  2010 – ongoing : Hydrogeophysical Laboratory 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)


  • 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

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
  • Mineral exploration geophysics: high resolution electrical imaging to support exploration, mining and quarry design
  • Quaternary deposit characterisation: high resolution 3D imaging

Current projects and collaboration

  •  2015 – ongoing : Principal Investigator: The Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME) - Technology Demonstrator. NERC grant award (NE/M008479/1)).
  •  2014 –2017 : 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 –2016 : Co-Investigator: SUSTAMINING (Selective and sustainable exploitation of ornamental stones based on demand). MIRO (Minerals Industry Research Organisation) project.
  •  2013 –2017 : Development of a UAV-based landslide monitoring system (PhD project). Dr Pauline Miller and Prof. John Mills (University of Newcastle).
  •  2013 –2017 : Geoelectrical monitoring of moisture driven processes in natural and engineered slopes (PhD project). Prof. Hansruedi Maurer (ETH Zurich).
  •  2013 –2014 : Principal Investigator: Proactive infrastructure monitoring and evaluation (PRIME). NERC Innovation B award.
  •  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).
  •  2010 –2014 : Hydrogeophysical Monitoring of Landslide Processes (PhD project).  Dr Bill Murphy & Dr Jared West (University of Leeds).

Professional association

  •  2011 – ongoing : Journal of Applied Geophysics, Editorial Board Member
  •  2011 – ongoing : Near Surface Geophysics, Editorial Board Member
  •  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

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.

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.

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.

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.

CHAMBERS, JE, WILKINSON, PB, PENN, S, MELDRUM, PI, KURAS, O, LOKE, MH, GUNN, DA. 2013. River terrace sand and gravel deposit reserve estimation using three dimensional electrical resistivity tomography for bedrock surface detection. Journal of Applied Geophysics , 93, 25-32.

GUNN, DA, CHAMBERS, JE, HOBBS, P, FORD, J, WILKINSON, PB, JENKINS, G. 2013. Rapid observations to guide the design of systems for long-term monitoring of a complex landslide in the Upper Lias, North Yorkshire. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology , 46, 323-336.

LOKE, MH, CHAMBERS, JE, RUCKER, DF, KURAS, O, WILKINSON, PB. 2013. Recent developments in the direct-current geoelectrical imaging method. Journal of Applied Geophysics , 95, 135-156.

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.