Jonathan Chambers

Prof Jonathan Chambers

BGS Geophysical Tomography team leader
BGS Keyworth

Jonathan Chambers’s Biography

  • 2015 – ongoing : NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Infrastructure
  • 2012 – ongoing : Geophysical Tomography Team Leader
  • 2000 – ongoing : Research Geophysicist, British Geological Survey
  • 2015 –2016 : Journal of Applied Geophysics, Co-Editor-In-Chief
  • 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)

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

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2017 – ongoing : Co-Investigator. RAWFILL. EU Interreg Grant Award (NWE 377).
  • 2017 – ongoing : Co-Investigator: Strengthening Capacity in Environmental Physics, Hydrology and Statistics for Conservation Agriculture Research (CEPHaS. RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund Grant Award (NE/P02095X/1).
  • 2016 – ongoing : Principal Investigator: The Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation System (PRIME): Enabling Intelligent Earthworks Management. NERC grant award (NE/P00914X/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)).
  • 2017 – ongoing : Coupled hydrogeophysical and geomechanical modelling of slope stability for improved early warning of landslides (PhD project). Prof Andy Binley (Lancaster University) and Dr Paul Wilkinson (BGS).
  • 2017 – ongoing : Geophysical assessment of engineered slope condition (PhD project). Dr Shane Donohue (Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin) and Dr David Gunn (BGS).
  • 2016 – ongoing : Geophysical indicators of slope stability: towards improved early warning of landslide hazards (PhD project). Prof Mike Kendall (University of Bristol).
  • 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).

Published outputs

NERC Open Research Archive — Prof Jonathan Chambers
Boyle, A, Wilkinson, PB, Chambers, JE, Meldrum, PI, Uhlemann, S, Adler, A, 2018. Jointly reconstructing ground motion and resistivity for ERT-based slope stability monitoring. Geophysical Journal International, 212 (2), 1167-1182.
Carrière, S R, Jongmans, D, Chambon, G, Bièvre, G, Lanson, B, Bertello, L, Berti M, Jaboyedoff, M, Malet J.-P, Chambers, J E, 2018. Rheological properties of clayey soils originating from flow-like landslides. Landslides.
Merritt, A J, Chambers, J E, Murphy, W, Wilkinson, P B, West, L J, Uhlemann, S, Meldrum, P I, Gunn, D, 2018. Landslide Activation Behaviour Illuminated by Electrical Resistance Monitoring. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.4316.
Uhlemann, S, Wilkinson, P, Maurer, H, Wagner, F M, Johnson, T C, Chambers, J E, 2018. Optimized survey design for Electrical Resistivity Tomography: combined optimization of measurement configuration and electrode placement. Geophysical Journal International (in press).
Watlet, A, Kaufmann, O, Triantafyllou, A, Poulain, A, Chambers, J E, Meldrum, P I, Wilkinson, P B, Hallet, V, Quinif, Y, Van Ruymbeke, M, and Van Camp, M, 2018. Imaging groundwater infiltration dynamics in the karst vadose zone with long-term ERT monitoring, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1563-1592.


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

Professional associations

  • 2017 – ongoing : Honorary Professor, University of Bristol, Department of Earth Sciences
  • 2015 – ongoing : Environmental Geophysics teaching lead, BSc Environmental Geosciences, University of Nottingham
  • 1996 – ongoing : Geological Society of London, Fellow (Chartered Geologist – Spring 2005)

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