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Biography

Matthew is a Reader in Physical Geography and Natural Hazards and has focused his research career to date on the monitoring of GeoHazards (mainly volcanoes and earthquakes) by remote sensing, using infrared sensors that can be found on NASA/ESA satellites. He has worked more generally on geographical research involving the use of computing, programming, GIS and modelling and has also begun to focus on the humitarian side of natural hazards - in terms of risk assessment and disaster management. Matthew has regularly contributed to the broadcast and written media on the themes above.

Matthew completed his PhD at King’s College, London, where he utilised his computing and geographic skills in the remote sensing of earthquakes and volcanoes. Following this, he completed a post-doctoral position, also at King’s College London, where he worked on a project comparing urban energy balance models. During his time at King’s College, Matthew was a tutor and lecturer both there and at the London School of Economics. Matthew started a lectureship at Coventry University in 2010 and since joining, has maintained his research interests and has had the opportunity to be a visiting reseacher/lecturer at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (where he remains as Associate Faculty), the University of Hawaii, Manoa, the China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou and Sichuan University, Chengdu.

Outside of his research, Matthew has led many modules (both undergraduate and postgraduate) on themes ranging from natural hazards and their management, to more generic themes of general physical geography/geology and research skills. 

Research Interests

Natural hazards; Natural disasters; Environmental change management

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Projects

Research Output

  • The potential of satellite remote sensing for monitoring the onset of volcanic activity on Taipei’s doorstep

    Chan, H-P., Chang, C-P., Lin, T-H., Blackett, M., Kuo-Chen, H. & Tien-Shun Lin, A., 2020, In : International Journal of Remote Sensing. 41, 4, p. 1372-1388 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Application of thermal remote sensing to the observation of natural hazards

    Blackett, M., 21 Mar 2018, Natural Hazards: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Landslides. Singh, R. & Bartless, D. (eds.). CRC Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    An Overview of Infrared Remote Sensing of Volcanic Activity

    Blackett, M., 12 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Imaging. 3, 2, 24 p., 13.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    Activities

    • 13 Participation in conference
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Higher Education Academy Conference

    Yung-Fang Chen (Speaker), Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
    1 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Volcanic Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience, Well-being and Culture Workshop

    Matthew Blackett (Organiser)
    15 Feb 201619 Feb 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    International Conference of Indonesian Society for Remote Sensing

    Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
    17 Oct 201619 Oct 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    EGU General Assembly

    Charley Hill-Butler (Speaker), Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
    2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    China University of Mining and Technology Conference

    Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
    1 Apr 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Sky News (TV). Subject: Australian Bush Fires

    Matthew Blackett

    23/12/19

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Sky News (TV): White Island Volcanic Eruption

    Matthew Blackett

    9/12/19

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    BBC Coventry and Warks Radio: comment on the new IPCC report

    Matthew Blackett

    8/10/18

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    ABC (Australia) News (TV): Extreme weather in Europe

    Matthew Blackett

    2/03/18

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    ITV Good Morning Britain (TV): Greek-Turkish Earthquake

    Matthew Blackett

    21/07/17

    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment