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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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Research Output 2008 2020

twenty first century
earthquake magnitude

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

volcanic eruption
land surface
remote sensing
surface temperature

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

15 Citations (Scopus)
20 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
remote sensing
geological process
2 Citations (Scopus)
26 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
image analysis
satellite data

Activities 2005 2017

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 1 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

China University of Mining and Technology Conference

Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
1 Apr 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

BASES Conference

Matthew Blackett (Speaker)
3 Sep 20135 Sep 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Press / Media

Sky News (TV). Subject: Australian Bush Fires

Matthew Blackett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Sky News (TV): White Island Volcanic Eruption

Matthew Blackett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

Matthew Blackett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

Matthew Blackett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

Matthew Blackett


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment