Matthew Blackett


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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 researcher 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; he has also been a visiting lecturer at 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; Remote sensing; Volcanoes; Earthquakes

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Higher Education Practice, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

    Remote Sensing, Doctorate, King's College London

    Geography, Degree, Queen Mary University of London

    Information Technology, MSc, Queen Mary University of London

    External positions

    Lecturer (Summer Immersion Programme), Sichuan University

    2017 → …

    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hawaii

    Aug 2016

    Visiting Scholar, China University of Mining and Technology

    Mar 2013

    Applied Research Fellow + Affiliate Faculty Member, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Jun 2012 → …


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