Katie Whitbread

Dr Katie Whitbread

Survey geologist
BGS Edinburgh

Katie Whitbread’s Biography

  • 2005 – ongoing : Geologist, British Geological survey
  • 2017 – Dec 2022 : National Geological Model – Project Manager
  • 2012 : PhD University of Glasgow (Fluvial geomorphology)
  • 2005 : MSci Geological Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • 2004 : BA (Hons) Natural sciences, University of Cambridge

Research interests

  • Innovation in data analytics for shallow geological characterisation
  • 3D geological modelling systems, processes and infrastructures
  • Quaternary geomorphology – glacial, river and slope processes
  • Fluvial geomorphology, sediment connectivity and catchment processes

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2021 – ongoing: Urban Interactive Models Tool – development of tools for delivery of urban models via the BGS GeoIndex (NGM – Digital – Urban Geoscience)
  • 2021 – ongoing: Shallow geological characterisation for groundwater management (commercial commissioned research) – application of mapping and data analytics approaches for superficial geological characterisation to inform recharge modelling and catchment management
  • 2019 – ongoing: UK Earth Model – development of the geological structural framework model for the UK
  • 2018 – ongoing: Rock@Surface – mapping upland superficial deposit coverage using machine learning (innovation project) (NGM funded – Digital collaboration)
  • 2015 – 2018: Sediment connectivity in rural and urban catchments. Eddlestone Water Project, Wild Trout Trust, Tweed Forum
  • 2015 –2017 : 21st Century Roadmap: Palaeozoic stratigraphy and palaeogeography of North East Scotland and the Northern North Sea (Industry commissioned research)

Commissioned reports
Commissioned reports – available from the NERC Open Research Archive

Key papers

Selected reports


  • Quaternary geology and fluvial geomorphology
  • Quantitative geomorphology and data analytics
  • ArcGIS, 3D geological modelling and digital mapping
  • Geological surveying (superficial deposits and bedrock)
  • Geodiversity and geoheritage auditing
  • Geoscience communication

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