Catherine Pennington

Catherine Pennington

Engineering geologist, landslide specialist
BGS Keyworth

I am an Engineering Geologist and Landslide Specialist and lead the BGS coastal landslide field observatory project that monitors and interprets long-term landslide behaviour processes.  I work in multidisciplinary collaborative teams exploring a range of technologies and expertise, such as IoT and AI, to advance landslide process understanding and data acquisition.  I have worked on a broad series of other projects that have typically involved both leading and working on office- and field-based campaigns both inland and at the coast.  These include the National Landslide Database and GIS of Great Britain, regional landslide mapping surveys and various commercial projects providing bespoke assessments to national organisations.  I am also part of the team that issue Daily Landslide Hazard Assessments for the Natural Hazards Partnership in the UK. Please see the Publications tab for references.  In addition to this, I have an interest in science communication projects and have published over 85 web pages, blog posts and other popular and educational articles to date.  I also maintain the social media communication channels the BGS Landslides Team uses for research.

Catherine Pennington’s Biography

  • 2001 – ongoing: Engineering Geologist, Landslides Team, British Geological Survey
  • 2021 – ongoing: Co-I WPX 5G RuralDorset Coastal landslide monitoring for process understanding using NB-IoT technology
  • 2018 – ongoing: Project Lead for BGS Coastal Landslide Observatory
  • 2018 – 2020: Freelance and Feature Writing Diploma awarded with distinction, London School of Journalism
  • 2014 – 2019: Science Writer/Editor for BGS Blog, GeoBlogy
  • 2012 – ongoing: Daily Hazard Assessments for the potential for landslides to occur in the UK for the Natural Hazards Partnership in association with the Met Office
  • 2010 – 2011: Project Lead for Regional Landslide Assessment for North York Moors
  • 2006 – 2015: Deputy Project Lead for BGS Landslides Project
  • 2003 – 2015: Project Leader for the BGS National Landslide Database and GIS of Great Britain
  • 2003 – 2004: Project Lead for an assessment of the geotechnical properties for the Thames Flood Defences
  • 2000 – 2001: Geotechnical Engineer, Hyder Consulting Ltd and WS Atkins
  • 1999 – 2000: MSc Advanced Engineering Geology awarded with distinction, Durham University
  • 1996 – 1999: BSc Geology: University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Research interests

  • Long term monitoring of landslides, coastal landslide observatories – Advancing long term landslide process understanding using a range of technologies (including the Internet of Things) and multi- and inter-disciplinary expertise
  • Using social media information to acquire landslides data in real time – Global Landslide Detector
  • Field expertise on the Dorset, Isle of Wight, Kent, East Anglian and Yorkshire Coasts, North York Moors, Pennines – Field mapping of landslides and interpreting landslide processes in the coastal zone
  • Science Communication
  • The National Landslide Database and GIS of Great Britain, which documents details on over 17,000 landslides and is the backbone to a variety of nationally and commercially important landslide susceptibility projects
  • National landslide susceptibility mapping and modelling
  • Part of the Landslides Team that provides susceptibility assessments, responsive

ORCID: 0000-0002-3560-9030

Key papers

Blog posts

NERC Open Research Archive — Catherine Pennington


  • Engineering geologist
  • Landslide processes and mapping expertise
  • Coastal landslide processes
  • Field expertise: landslide mapping, geological mapping, digital data capture, terrestrial LIDAR
  • Landslide database and GIS

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