Catherine Pennington

Mrs Catherine Pennington

Engineering Geologist, Landslide Specialist and Science Writer

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3049

E-mail Catherine Pennington

Research interests

  • Landslides
  • Science Communication
  • National landslide susceptibility mapping and modelling
  • Part of the Landslides Team that provides susceptibility assessments, responsive reporting and contributes to the Natural Hazards Partnership in association with the Met Office, providing geohazard notes and daily hazard assessments.
  • Bespoke assessments to national organisations on how landslides may affect or be affected by third party assets
  • 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
  • Field expertise in the North York Moors, East Anglian Coast, Pennines


  • 2001 – ongoing : Engineering Geologist, Landslides Team, British Geological Survey
  • 2014 – ongoing : Science Writer/Editor for BGS Blog GeoBlogy
  • 2013 – ongoing : Part of the team providing Daily Hazard Assessments for the potential for landslides to occur in the UK. This is for the Natural Hazards Partnership in association with the Met Office
  • MSc Advanced Engineering Geology with distinction: Durham University
  • BSc Geology: University of Wales, Abersytwyth


Published outputs


  • BGS Landslides Response Team member
  • ESRI ArcGIS, Socetset 3D landscape visualisation
  • Field expertise: landslide mapping, geological mapping, digital data capture, terrestrial LIDAR