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Benjamin Aubrey Robson

Postdoctoral fellow
  • E-mailBenjamin.Robson@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 92 82
  • Visitor Address
    Department of Geography, Fosswinckelsgate 6
    Bergen
    Room 
    744
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

My research is focused on using remote sensing datasets to understand glacial and periglacial landscapes and how they have been changing. I use a variety of remote sensing techniques including object-based image analysis (OBIA), photogrammetry and DEM comparison, structure from motion (SfM), LiDAR and time-series analysis. I'm active in research in the Nepali Himalayas, 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 Zurich.

GEO100 - Introduction to Geography: Global Challenges and Local Responses

GEO215 - Geographical Information Systems: Theory and Practice

GEO308 - Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers

GEO313 - Field and Laboratory Methods in Physical Geography

GEO316 - Practical Skills in Remote Sensing

Academic article
  • 2020. Mass balance and surface evolution of the debris-covered Miage Glacier, 1990 - 2018 . Geomorphology.
  • 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.
  • 2020. Automated detection of rock glaciers using deep learning and object-based image analysis. Remote Sensing of Environment.
  • 2019. Surface melt driven summer diurnal and winter multi-day stick-slip motion and till sedimentology. Nature Communications.
  • 2018. Spatial variability in patterns of glacier change across the Manaslu Range, Central Himalaya. Frontiers in Earth Science. 19 pages.
  • 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.
  • 2018. Erosional and depositional subglacial streamlining processes at Skálafellsjökull, Iceland: an analogue for a new bedform continuum model. GFF. 153-169.
  • 2016. Decadal scale changes in Glacier area in the Hohe Tauern national park (Austria) determined by object-based image analysis. Remote Sensing. 23 pages.
  • 2015. Automated classification of debris-covered glaciers combining optical, SAR and topographic data in an object-based environment . Remote Sensing of Environment. 372-387.
Lecture
  • 2014. Combining Spectral, Topographic And Sar Coherence Data Within An Object Based Classification Environment For The Automatic Classification Of Debris Covered Ice.
Academic lecture
  • 2018. Vulnerability of permafrost thaw and the emerging risks for the Arctic infrastructure.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2016. Quantification and Change Assessment of Debris-Covered Glaciers using Remote Sensing.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Select Conference presentations

Robson, B. A., Nuth, C., Dahl, S. O., Hendrickx, M., & Nielsen, P. R. (2015). Glacier Surface Lowering and Stagnation in the Manaslu Region of Nepal. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA

Robson, B.A., Pulwicki, A., Stearns, L., Hölbling, D., Koller M., Nielsen, P.R (2016) A Fully Automated, Multi-sensor Assessment of Terminus Position and Iceberg Density of Helheim Outlet Glacier. GSA Annual Meeting 2016, Denver, CO, USA.

Koller, M., Hölbling, D., Robson. B (2016). Quantifying and visualizing flood erosional processes using multi-temporal LIDAR data. GSA Annual Meeting 2016, Denver, CO, USA.

Select Publications

Robson, B. A., Nuth, C., Dahl, S. O., Hölbling, D., Strozzi, T., & Nielsen, P. R. (2015). Automated classification of debris-covered glaciers combining optical, SAR and topographic data in an object-based environment. Remote Sensing of Environment, 170, 372-387.

Robson, B.A.; Hölbling, D.; Nuth, C.; Strozzi, T.; Dahl, S.O. (2016) Decadal scale changes in glacier area in the Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria determined by Object-Based Image Analysis. Remote Sensing. doi:10.3390/rs8010067

Robson, B.A., Nuth, C., Nielsen, P.R., Girod, L., Hendrickx, M. and Dahl, S.O., 2018. Spatial Variability in Patterns of Glacier Change across the Manaslu Range, Central Himalaya. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6, p.12.

Hart, J.K., Clayton, A.I., Martinez, K. and Robson, B.A., 2018. Erosional and depositional subglacial streamlining processes at Skálafellsjökull, Iceland: an analogue for a new bedform continuum model. GFF, pp.1-17.

Bolch, T., Rohrbach, N., Kutuzov, S., Robson, B.A. and Osmonov, A., 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.

Robson, B. A.; Hölbling, D.; Vatle, S.; Nuth, C.; Andreassen, L.; Dahl, S.O. Towards automatic glacier mapping: A new glacier inventory of Norway using OBIA. (in progress)

Robson, B., Nuth, C., Girod, L., Andreassen, L. M. & Dahl, S. O. 2016. Use of a GoPro camera and acrobatic plane for high resolution glacier mapping of Nigardsbreen using Structure from Motion (SfM). 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference, Bergen, Norway (21-23rd September 2016)

Hölbling, D., Koller, M., Albrecht, F., Robson, B. A., Eisank, C., & Weinke, E. (2016) Object-based time series analysis for landslide change detection using optical remote sensing imagery: Examples from Austria and Norway. 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference, Bergen, Norway (21-23rd September 2016)

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

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

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

Research groups