Jonathan Chambers

Prof Jonathan Chambers

BGS Chief Scientist, multi-hazards and resilience
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Jonathan Chambers’s Biography

  • 2021 – ongoing: Head of Shallow Geohazards & Earth Observation, BGS
  • 2018 – ongoing: Individual Merit Promotion (IMP3) Scientist
  • 2017 – ongoing: Honorary Professor of Geophysics, University of Bristol, Earth Sciences
  • 2015 – 2019: NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Infrastructure
  • 2015 – 2016: Co-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Applied Geophysics
  • 2012 – 2021: Geophysical Tomography Team Leader, BGS
  • 2000 – ongoing: Research Geophysicist, BGS
  • 1997 – 2001: PhD Environmental & Engineering Geophysics, University of Sheffield
  • 1996 – 1997: MSc Industrial Rocks and Mineral (Distinction), University of Leicester
  • 1993 – 1996: BSc (Hons) Geology (1st Class), University of Bristol

Research interests

  • Development and application of electrical geophysical methods
  • Hydrogeophysics: vadose and hyporheic zone studies, and contaminant transport monitoring
  • Mining and waste: mineral exploration, waste characterisation and monitoring
  • Soil-vegetation interactions: agriculture, sustainable urban drainage and slope stability
  • Engineering geophysics: geothermal energy, geohazards and geotechnical asset monitoring

Selected projects

  • 2021 – ongoing: PhD Supervision. Currently supervising students with University College Dublin, Nottingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Lancaster and Liege Universities
  • 2020 – 2023: Principal-Investigator. Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME) System for Railway Earthwork Assets. Network Rail R&D ecm_19105
  • 2020 – 2023: Co-Investigator. Sensors UNder snow Seasonal Processes in the Evolution of ARctic Soils (SUN SPEARS). NERC Grant NE/T010568/1
  • 2018 – 2022: Co-Investigator. Assessment, Costing and enHancement of long Long Linear assEtS (ACHILLES). EPSRC Grant EP/R034575/1
  • 2017 – 2021: Co-Investigator. RAWFILL: supporting a new circular economy for raw materials recovered from landfills. EU Interreg Grant NWE377
  • 2017 – 2021: Co-Investigator. Strengthening Capacity in Environmental Physics, Hydrology and Statistics for Conservation Agriculture Research (CEPHaS). RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund Grant NE/P02095X/1
  • 2016 – 2019: Principal Investigator. PRIME: Enabling Intelligent Earthworks Management. NERC Grant NE/P00914X/1
  • 2015 – 2019: Principal Investigator. Infrastructure KE Fellowship (Enhancing the resilience of infrastructure to climate change & extreme weather using automated monitoring technologies). NERC Grant NE/M020622/1.

Grants on the Web

List of awards – Prof Jonathan Chambers



Key papers

  • Boyle, A, Wilkinson, P B, Chambers, J E, Meldrum, P I, Uhlemann, S, and 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, and 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.

Published outputs

NERC Open Research Archive — Prof Jonathan Chambers

Research Gate –  Prof Jonathan Chambers


  • 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

  • 2019: Highways England Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge – Asset Monitoring Winner
  • 2017 – ongoing: Honorary Professor of Geophysics, University of Bristol, Earth Sciences
  • 2017 – ongoing: NERC Peer Review College Member
  • 2016: Ground Engineering Awards, Innovation Category Winner
  • 2016 – ongoing: American Geophysical Union, Member
  • 2015 – ongoing: Geophysics teaching lead, BSc Environmental Geosciences, Nottingham
  • 1996 – ongoing: Geological Society of London, Fellow (and Charted Geologist, 2005 – present)

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