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I study intraplate tectonic processes on Earth and Venus, where they are the dominant process shaping the planet. I use radar interferometry (InSAR) to measure fault movements at the millimetre per year level, an order of magnitude smaller than previously possible, for the first time permitting a quantitative assessment of intraplate deformation. I use the same technique to detect passive (inactive) faults by their effect on groundwater flow, and a variety of other movements relevant to ground engineering. I founded the Engineering Scale Geology Research Group to study and develop these ground investigation techniques and I lead the ESA M5 candidate mission to Venus, EnVision, which will allow me to apply these techniques to characterise and measure tectonic activity on Venus.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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