Mrs Catherine Pennington

Mrs Catherine Pennington

Engineering Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3049

E-mail Mrs Catherine Pennington


  •  2008 – ongoing : Deputy Project Leader for the BGS Landslides Team, British Geological Survey
  •  2001 – ongoing : Engineering Geologist, British Geological Survey
  •  2000 –2001 : Engineering Geologist, WS Atkins
  •  2000 –2000 : Geotechnical Engineer, Hyder Constulting Limited
  •  1999 –2000 : MSc Advanced Engineering Geology with distinction: Durham University
  •  1996 –1999 : BSc Geology: University of Wales, Abersytwyth


  • BGS Landslides Response Team member
  • Coastal and landslide hazard geosciences research
  • ESRI ArcGIS, Socetset 3D landscape visualisation
  • Field expertise: landslide mapping, geological mapping, digital data capture, terrestrial LIDAR operation, Leica GPS operation

Research interests

  • BGS Landslides Response Team
  • BGS National Landslide Database
  • Coastal Landslides
  • Landslides in the UK

Published outputs

Key papers

Pennington, C. V. L., Dijkstra, T. A., Lark, M., Dashwood, C., Harrison, A. M., Freeborough, K. A. and Reeves, H. J. 2014. Antecedent precipitation as a potential proxy for landslide incidence in South West United Kingdom. In: Sassa, K. et al. (eds), Landslides Science for a Safer Geoenvironment Vol. 1. pp253-259. Third World Landslide Forum 2014, Beijing.

Gibson, A.G., Culshaw, M.G., Dashwood, C. and Pennington, C.V.L. 2013. Landslide management in the UK—the problem of managing hazards in a ‘low-risk’ environment. Landslides, 10(5), pp599-610.

Pennington, C.V.L. and Harrison, A. M. 2013. 2012 - Landslide Year? Was the increase in UK landslides during 2012 real or apparent?, GeoScientist Magazine. 23(5), pp10-15.

Foster, C., Reeves, H.J., Pennington, C.V.L., Hobbs, P.R.N., Culshaw, M.G., Plim, J., Smith, J.T., MacCulloch, F., Queen, G. and Winter, M.G. 2012. Landslide hazard assessment and characterisation for forestry asset management in Great Britain. In: Eberhart, E., (ed.) Landslides and Engineered Slopes : Protecting Society through Improved Understanding. CRC Press.

Foster, C.; Pennington, C.V.L.; Culshaw, M.G.; Lawrie, K. 2012. The National Landslide Database of Great Britain : development, evolution and applications. Environmental Earth Sciences, 66(3) pp941-953

Chambers, J., Meldrum, P., Gunn, D., Wilkinson, P., Merritt, A., Murphy, W., West, J., Kuras, O., Haslam, E., Hobbs, P. R. N., Pennington, C. V. L. and Munro, C. 2011. Geophysical-geotechnical sensor networks for landslide monitoring. The second world landslide forum, Rome, Italy.

Chambers, J., Wilkinson, P., Kuras, O., Ford, J., Gunn, D., Meldrum, P., Pennington, C. V. L., Weller, A., Hobbs, P. R. N. and Ogilvy, R. 2011. Three-dimensional geophysical anatomy of an active landslide in Liassic Mud Rocks, Cleveland Basin, UK Geomorphology 125: 472-484.

Evans, H., Pennington, C., Jordan, C., Foster, C. 2012. Mapping a nation’s landslides: a novel, multi-stage methodology for landslide mapping and inventory within the UK. Proceedings of the Second World Landslide Forum, Rome, Italy 3rd-9th October 2011. Springer-Verlag Special Issue.

Lee, J.R., Pennington, C.V.L. and Hobbs, P.R.N. 2011. Trimingham : structural architecture of the Cromer Ridge Push Moraine complex and controls for landslide geohazards. In: Phillips, E.; Lee, J.R.; Evans, H.M., (eds.) Glacitectonics : field guide. Quaternary Research Association, pp218-227. (QRA field guides).

Hobbs, P. R. N., Gibson, A. D., Jones, L., Pennington, C. V. L., Jenkins, G., Pearson, S. G. and Freeborough, K. A. 2010. Monitoring coastal change using terrestrial LiDAR. Elevation Models for Geoscience. C. Fleming, S. H. Marsh and J. R. A. Giles. London, Geological Society. Special Publications 345: 117–127.

Pennington, C.V.L., Evans, H. M.; Foster, C. 2009. Landslides of the area around Chesterfield, Geological Sheet 112. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 23pp. (OR/09/022).

Pennington, C.V.L.; Foster, C.; Chambers, J.E.; 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 English edition, 83(5). pp991-999.

Foster, C., Poulton, CV.L. and Harrison, M. 2008. A national hazard assessment of coastal landslides using GI capture systems : a government dataset. In: AGI Geocommunity 08 : shaping a changing world, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, 24-25 Sept 08.

Hobbs, P.R.N., Pennington, C.V.L., Pearson, S.G., Jones, L.D., Foster, C., Lee, J.R., and Gibson, A. 2008. Slope Dynamics Project Report : Norfolk Coast (2000 - 2006) Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 166pp. (OR/08/018).