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Benjamin Aubrey Robson

Associate Professor, Geomatics and Remote Sensing
  • E-mailBenjamin.Robson@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 92 82
  • Visitor Address
    Department of Earth Science
    3G12a - 3151
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

My research is broadly focused on using remote sensing datasets to:

1) Characterise and identify landforms such as debris-covered glaciers and rock glaciers

2) Assess decadal scale planimetric and volumetric changes

I use a variety of remote sensing techniques including object-based image analysis (OBIA), deep learning and machine learning, photogrammetry and topographic analysis, structure from motion (SfM), LiDAR and time-series analysis. I'm active in research in the Nepali Himalayas, the Semi-Arid Andes, European Alps, Norwegian mainland, and the Tien Shan mountains. I am also an affiliated external member of the Mountain Cryosphere research group at the University of St Andrews. 

GEOV/205GEO215 - Geographical Information Systems: Theory and Practice

GEOV226/GEO313 - Field and Laboratory Methods in Physical Geography

GEOV316 - Practical Skills in Remote Sensing

GEOV217 - Geohazards

GEOV325 - Glaciology

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2024). Intensified Late-Holocene aeolian activity in Vesterålen, northern Norway – increased storminess or human impact? The Holocene.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Spatio-temporal variability in geometry and geodetic mass balance of Jostedalsbreen ice cap, Norway. Annals of Glaciology. 1-18.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Glacier thinning, recession and advance, and the associated evolution of a glacial lake between 1966 and 2021 at Austerdalsbreen, western Norway. Land Degradation and Development. 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2023). An integrated deep learning and object-based image analysis approach for mapping debris-covered glaciers. Frontiers in Remote Sensing.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The seasonal evolution of subglacial drainage pathways beneath a soft-bedded glacier. Communications Earth & Environment.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Recent Evolution of Glaciers in the Manaslu Region of Nepal From Satellite Imagery and UAV Data (1970–2019). Frontiers in Earth Science.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Monitoring glacial lake outburst flood susceptibility using Sentinel-1 SAR data, Google Earth Engine, and persistent scatterer interferometry. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Estimating the volume of the 1978 Rissa quick clay landslide in Central Norway using historical aerial imagery. Open Geosciences. 252-263.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Mass balance and surface evolution of the debris-covered Miage Glacier, 1990 - 2018 . Geomorphology.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Combination of Aerial, Satellite, and UAV Photogrammetry for Quantifying Rock Glacier Kinematics in the Dry Andes of Chile (30°S) Since the 1950s. Frontiers in Remote Sensing.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A pan-Himalayan test of predictions on plant species richness based on primary production and water-energy dynamics. Frontiers of Biogeography. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Long‐term impact of the proglacial lake Jökulsárlón on the flow velocity and stability of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, Iceland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 1-17.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Automated detection of rock glaciers using deep learning and object-based image analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Surface melt driven summer diurnal and winter multi-day stick-slip motion and till sedimentology. Nature Communications.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Spatial variability in patterns of glacier change across the Manaslu Range, Central Himalaya. Frontiers in Earth Science. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Occurrence, evolution and ice content of ice‐debris complexes in the Ak‐Shiirak, Central Tien Shan revealed by geophysical and remotely‐sensed investigations. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 1-15.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Erosional and depositional subglacial streamlining processes at Skálafellsjökull, Iceland: an analogue for a new bedform continuum model. GFF. 153-169.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Decadal scale changes in Glacier area in the Hohe Tauern national park (Austria) determined by object-based image analysis. Remote Sensing. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Automated classification of debris-covered glaciers combining optical, SAR and topographic data in an object-based environment . Remote Sensing of Environment. 372-387.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Combining Spectral, Topographic And Sar Coherence Data Within An Object Based Classification Environment For The Automatic Classification Of Debris Covered Ice.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Present changes of Jostedalsbreen, Norway-s largest ice cap.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Intercomparison of remotely sensed methods for delineation of high mountain debris-covered glaciers using machine learning.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Changes of Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap LIA 1966-2020.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Vulnerability of permafrost thaw and the emerging risks for the Arctic infrastructure.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2016). Quantification and Change Assessment of Debris-Covered Glaciers using Remote Sensing.
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) (2023). Summer school on cryospheric monitoring and paleoenvironmental reconstructions.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Please visit the CRISTIN link below to view an updated publication list

SLIDEM - Assessing the suitability of DEMs derived from Sentinel-1 for landslide volume estimation 

CLAP - Research Program for Climate Action Planning in the Coqiumbo Region, Chile

JOSTICE - Natural and societal consequences of climate-forced changes of Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap

University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2007-2010) Geography, BSc

University of Bergen (2010-2012) Earth Science, MSc

University of Bergen (2012-2016) Physical Geography, PhD