Matthew Blackett

Senior Lecturer And Course Director for BSc Geography and Natural Hazards
School of Energy, Construction and Environment
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, ENVIRONMENT AND COMPUTING
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB

 

George Eliot Building
Room: GE515
 
Main Duties: Lecturer of Natural Hazards and Physical Geography

Biography:

Matthew Blackett completed his PhD at King’s College, London, where he utilised his computing and geographic skills in the remote sensing of earthquakes and volcanoes. Following this, he completed a post-doctoral position, also at King’s College, where he ran a project comparing urban energy balance models. During his time at King’s College, Matthew was a tutor and lecturer both there and at the London School of Economics. Matthew started a lectureship at Coventry University in 2010 and since joining, has maintained his research interests and, given a research fellowship, was a visiting researcher at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, in 2012.

Mission Statement:

Natural hazards and environmental change kill many people annually. I set out to examine how we can monitor and model hazardous events remotely – without putting researchers at risk but at the same time providing data useful for hazard and environmental change management.


Qualifications:

  • Pg.Cert., Higher Education Practice, Coventry University
  • Ph.D., Detection and Analysis of Potential Surface Thermal Anomalies associated with Terrestrial Volcanoes and Earthquakes, King’s College London, University of London
  • M.Sc., Information Technology, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • B.Sc (Hons), Geography, Queen Mary College, University of London
Selected Outputs:

  • Blackett, M. (2013) 'Review of the utility of infrared remote sensing for detecting and monitoring volcanic activity with the case study of shortwave infrared data for Lascar Volcano from 2001–2005'. In The Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling. Ed. by Pyle, D.M., Mather, T.A., and Biggs, J. London: Geoological Society, Special Publications.Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/SP380.10
  • Blackett, M., and Wooster, M.J. (2011) 'Evaluation of SWIR-based methods for quantifying active volcano radiant emissions using NASA EOS-ASTER data'. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk 2, 51-79. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19475705.2010.541501
  • Blackett, M., Wooster, M.J., and Malamud, B. (2011) 'Exploring land surface temperature earthquake precursors: A focus on the Gujarat (India) earthquake of 2001'. Geophysical Research Letters 38 (15), L15303. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2011GL048282
  • Grimmond, G.S.B. , Tombrou, M., Voogt, J.A., Young, D.T., Zhang, N., Best, M.J., Baik, J.J., Belcher, S.E., Beringer, J., Bohnenstengel, S.I., Calmet, I., Chen, F., Coutts, A., Dandou, A., Fortuniak, K., Gouvea, M.L., Hamdi, R., Hendry, M., Kanda, M., Kawai, T., Kawamoto, Y., Blackett, M., Kondo, H., Krayenhoff, E.S., Lee, S.H., Loridan, T., Martilli, A., Masson, V., Miao, S., Oleson, K., Ooka, R., Pigeon, G., Porson, A., Ryu, Y.H., Salamanca, F., and Steeneveld, G.J. (2011) 'Initial results from Phase 2 of the international urban energy balance model comparison'. International Journal of Climatology 31 (2), 244-272. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/joc.2227
  • Grimmond, C.S.B., Blackett, M., Fortuniak, K., Gouvea, M.L., Hamdi, R., Hendry, M., Kawai, T., Kawamoto, Y., Kondo, H., Krayenhoff, E.S., Lee, S.H., Loridan, T., Martilli, A., Masson, V., Miao, S., Oleson, K., Pigeon, G., Porson, A., Ryu, Y.H., Salamanca, F., Shashua-Bar, L., Steeneveld, G.J., Tombrou, M., Voogt, J., Young, D., Zhangt, N., Best, M.J., Barlow, J., Baik, J.J., Belcher, S.E., Bohnenstengel, S.I., Calmet, I., Chen, F., and Dandou, A. (2010) 'The International Urban Energy Balance Models Comparison Project: First results from Phase 1'. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 49 (6), 1268-1292. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2010JAMC2354.1
  • Grimmond, C.S.B., BLACKETT, M., and Best, M., Baik, J-J., Barlow, J., Beringer, J., Belcher, S.E., Bohnenstengel, S.I., Calmet, I., Chen, F., Coutts, A., Dandou, A., Fortuniak, K., Gouvea, M.L., Hamdi, R., Hendry, M., Kanda, M., Kawai, T., Kawamoto, Y., Kondo, H., Krayenhoff, E.S., Lee, S-H., Loridan, T., Martilli, A., Masson, V., Miao, S., Oleson, K., Ooka, R., Pigeon, G., Porson, A., Ryu, Y-H., Salamanca, F., Shashu-Bar, L., Steeneveld, G-J., Tombrou, M., Voogt, J., Young, D., and Zhang, N. (2010) Urban Energy Balance Models Comparison. MEGAPOLI Scientific Report 10-07. Deliverable 2.3. Available from http://megapoli.dmi.dk/publ/MEGAPOLI_sr10-07.pdf
Selected Funding:

  • A professional short course for officials of the Chinese Department of Land and Natural Resources, Land and Natural Resources Information Management in the UK, £3,000
  • WorldView-2 satellite imagery of Fasnia lava flow, Tenerife, The DigitalGlobe 8-Band Research Challenge, £8,704
  • 2012-2015, Funding for project: A Remote Sensing Approach to Investigate Relationships between Earthquake and Volcanic Activity, Coventry University PhD Studentship, £51,000
  • 2012, Six-week fellowship at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Coventry University Applied Research Fellowship, £5,000
  • 2011, Reconstructing the volcanic eruption of the Fasnia volcanic complex, Tenerife, using both field and remotely sensed data, Royal Geographical Society Small Research Grant, £2,899
  • 2011, Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU - a state of play of their socio-economic characteristics, European Commission Joint Research Centre, £55,000
Research Students:

PhD: 1 completion 3 current students

Selected Professional Activities:

  • 2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Alaska Volcano Observatory, Fairbanks Alaska
  • 14 Nov 2011: BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. Appearance on ‘Expert’s Corner’ on the theme of natural hazards
  • 23 Oct 2011: BBC West Midlands. Subject: Turkish earthquake
  • Sep 2010: Royal Geographical Society: Imagery and cartography consultant for RGS “Britain from the Air” Exhibition
  • Nov 2011: Invited keynote: Blackett, M., Trodd, N., and Connors, D. (2011). Strategic threats to the supply and demand of raw minerals. China Mining 2011, Tianjin, China
  • April 2012: Delegate for Academic Exchange Workshop Tour (Beijing, Nanjing, Tianjin), Ministry of Land Resources, Beijing, China
  • Panel Member for MSci student at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Teaching:

  • Physical Geography
  • Natural Hazards
  • Research and Field Work Skills
  • Remote sensing and GIS
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021