Rhys Cooper

Rhys Cooper

Challenge programme manager
BGS Edinburgh


A dynamic career at BGS, with experience in digital product development, data management and geoprocessing, training and course development, international projects, airborne geophysics, marine survey operations and planning, multibeam acquisition and processing, project management, strategic thinking, tender preparation/proposal writing and business development.
My role is focused on providing leadership and technical expertise to underpin a range of projects, primarily within the marine environment

Rhys Cooper’s Biography

  •  2012 – ongoing : Shallow Water Survey Project Leader
  •  2012 – ongoing : Senior Hydrographer (IHO CAT A)
  •  2004 : GIS Trainer/ IT Learning & Development Advisor
  •  2004 –2005 : Airborne Geophysics Operator/Processor
  •  2001 : GIS Specialist
  •  2000 –2001 : MSc Geographical Information Systems (Distinction)
  •  1998 –2000 : Hydrographic Surveyor – Westminster Dredging, SubSea, Fugro
  •  1997 –1998 : Postgraduate Diploma Hydrographic Surveying (IHO Cat A)
  •  1993 –1996 : BA Honours Geography

Key papers

  • Cooper, R., Crombie, K., Faithfull, S., Lewis, W., 2016. Kintyre Hunterston 220kv Cable Survey Report.SSE. British Geological Survey Commercial Survey Report. CR/16/185
  • Cooper, R., Crombie, K., Faithfull, S., Lewis, W., Scanlon, M., 2015, South Arran and Upper Loch Fyne Marine Protected Areas, Scottish Natural Heritage. British Geological Survey Commercial Survey Report, CR/16/184
  • Cooper, R., Crombie, K., Lewis, W., Scanlon, M., 2015, Marine Bathymetric and Seismic Survey of Lough Neagh for Sand Traders. BGS Commercial Report. CR/16/183
  • Dove, D., Cooper, R., Lark, R.M., Green, S., Marchant, B.P., Crombie, K., 2014, Seabed Characterization: Developing Fit for Purpose Methodologies, First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference, Athens, Greece
  • Lurton, X.; Lamarche, G. (Eds) (2015) Backscatter measurements by seafloor‐mapping sonars. Guidelines and Recommendations. 200p. http://geohab.org/wp‐content/uploads/2014/05/BSWG‐ REPORT‐MAY2015.pdf CHAPTER 5 ACQUISITION: BEST PRACTICE GUIDE. Glen Rice, Rhys Cooper, Koen Degrendele, Francisco Gutierrez, Naig Le Bouffant, Marc Roche

Publication downloads

  • Bathymetry: All National Capability (NC)/Government funded surveys are submitted to UKHO and made available for free download via INSPIRE Data Archive Centre (DAC)


  • Kongsberg EM3002D, Reson T20, Leica & Trimble GPS, Valeport Tidemaster, Seapath, Applanix, Edgetech 216S Chirp, Applied Acoustics Surface Tow Boomer (STB)


  • ESRI ArcGIS, QPS Fledermaus, CARIS, Kongsbeg SIS, ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper, MapInfo ORACLE Spatial, Geosoft Oasis Montaq CorelDraw, Microsoft Office


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