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    PO1 3QL Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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I graduated from the University of Portsmouth, Department of Geography in 1995 and was then awarded MAFF funding for my PhD in shingle beach mapping and geomorphological analysis, which I completed in 2001. I was appointed as a research associate in the Department of Geography and promoted to research fellow in 2007. I became a lecturer in 2008 and a senior lecturer in 2010.

Research Interests

Coastal Change

I have worked on a series of projects looking at geomorphological and habitat change in coastal regions. I have worked with the Environment Agency, English Nature, Posford Haskoning, Havant Borough Council, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the National Trust. In particular, I have worked on East Head Spit, West Sussex, monitoring its changing geomorphology using aerial photography and GPS surveying techniques. My recent work has concentrated on the validity of tidal line mapping as an indicator of coastal change. This work has been published in the Cartographic Journal and the  Survey Review (Baily, 2011; Baily and Collier, 2010). I recently looked at the reliability of historical maps for saltmarsh mapping which was published in the Journal of Coastal Conservation (Baily and Inkpen, 2013).

GIS for Monitoring Change

I provided initial measurements of vegetation change and rates of salt marsh erosion through the use of historical aerial photographs along the South Coast of England (Baily and Pearson, 2007) and was the lead author in investigating appropriate methods for the creation of digital terrain models using photogrammetry for geomorphological analysis (Baily et al, 2003). I recently worked with Robert Inkpen on stone erosion rates on St. Pauls Cathedral (Inkpen et al, 2012).

Environmental footprinting

I have attended training sessions on environmental and ecological footprinting techniques. In particular, I am interested in examining the variety of footprinting methods employed by different groups.

Land utilisation mapping

Brian has worked on a number of projects concerning data extraction from historical land use maps. In particular, this worked looked at semi-automatic data extraction from the maps of the First land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain. This work has been published in Applied Geography (Baily et al, 2011).

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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