Dr Paul Wilkinson

Dr Paul Wilkinson Theoretical Research Geophysicist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3086

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  •  2004 –Present :  Theoretical Research Geophysicist, BGS
  •  2000 –2003 :  EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nottingham, School of Physics and Astronomy
  •  1998 –2000 :  Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Nottingham, School of Physics and Astronomy
  •  1997 –1998 :  Physicist, Ultra Electronics Magnetics Division
  •  1993 –1997 :  PhD, University of Nottingham, Theoretical Physics
  •  1990 –1993 :  BSc (Hons), University of Birmingham, Physics

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Principal Investigator: "SMART - geoelectrical tomographic monitoring of dynamic systems using adaptive self-optimising data acquisition", NERC grant NE/H000260X/1 (Technologies Proof of Concept)
  •  Project Leader: "SMART-Theory: image optimisation, mathematical modelling, data fusion and visualisation", BGS, NERC


  •  Algorithm development
  •  Geophysical tomography, modelling and visualisation
  •  Near-surface geophysical methods
  •  Scientific computing

Professional association

  •  2005 :  Reviewer for Geophysical Journal International, Geophysics, Journal of Applied Geophysics, Near Surface Geophysics, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  •  1999 :  Chartered Physicist
  •  1995 :  Member of the Institute of Physics

Research interests

  •  Application of automated geoelectrical monitoring to landslide processes, contaminated land remediation, embankment stability, and saline intrusion.
  •  Development of 2D/3D/4D geoelectrical data-processing and inversion algorithms (including electrical resistivity, induced polarisation and self-potential)
  •  Time-lapse automated survey design
  •  Tomographic image optimisation.

Published outputs

Key papers

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 optimized survey design for electrical resistivity tomography. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 189, 428-440.

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, and OGILVY, R D, 2010. High-resolution Electrical Resistivity Tomography monitoring of a tracer test in a confined aquifer. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 2010, Vol. 70, 268-276.

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

WILKINSON, P B, MELDRUM, P I, CHAMBERS, J E, KURAS, O, and OGILVY, R D, 2006. Improved strategies for the automatic selection of optimized sets of Electrical Resistivity Tomography measurement configurations. Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 167, 1119-112.