Solid Earth

The solid Earth provides a record of the Earth’s geological past, and also controls the characteristics and behaviour of processes active at the present day.

Remote sensing can be used to map the present-day motion of the Earth’s surface (e.g. using satellite geodesy techniques such as InSAR and GPS), and analyse the signs of active processes preserved in the landscape (using high-resolution images and topographic datasets). Multispectral imagery can be used to investigate the underlying geological structure, in tandem with field observations.


Alex Copley is an Earth Scientist, studying active tectonics from the scale of individual fault systems to large mountain ranges. His work spans observations of active deformation (using satellite geodesy, seismology, field