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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) (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) (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.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

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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