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Prof Michael Lim

Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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My research is focused on the interactions between materials, environmental processes, landforms and infrastructure within challenging environments, with particular emphasis on slope behaviour.

My main area of expertise is on investigating the mechanisms that operate in coastal environments and how they interact to shape landforms, habitats and coastal communities. I am particularly interested in rocky coast geomorphology, and the advances enabled through new techniques capable of quantifying complex processes. I have developed and applied approaches to try and better understand slope systems and their relation to impacts in a wide range of environments, from Alpine slopes to the rocky coasts of Svalbard and permafrost thaw complexes in Canada. Much of this research informs my teaching on surveying skills, change detection and analysis, engineering geology, geotechnics and slope geomorphology, hazards and management.

 

Campus Address

Mechanical & Construction Engineering
Ellison Building, Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research is focused on the interactions between materials, environmental processes, landforms and infrastructure within challenging environments, with particular emphasis on slope behaviour.

My main area of expertise is on investigating the mechanisms that operate in coastal environments and how they interact to shape landscapes, habitats and coastal communities. I have developed and applied approaches to try and better understand slope systems and mitigate their impacts within a wide range of settings, from automatic detection of debris-flows on mountains slopes to the globally significant controls on the rocky coasts of Svalbard and permafrost thaw complexes in Canada. This research informs my teaching on surveying skills, change detection and analysis, engineering geology, geotechnics and slope hazards and management and enables me to work with an exciting and inpiring community spanning academia, government agencies and industry.

Key Publications

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  • Blue-ice moraines formation in the Heritage Range, West Antarctica: Implications for ice sheet history and climate reconstruction, Woodward, J., Hein, A., Winter, K., Westoby, M., Marrero, S., Dunning, S., Lim, M., Rivera, A., Sugden, D. 1 Apr 2022, In: Quaternary Science Advances
  • Detection and forecasting of shallow landslides: lessons from a natural laboratory, Bainbridge, R., Lim, M., Dunning, S., Winter, M., Diaz-Moreno, A., Martin, J., Torun, H., Sparkes, B., Khan, M., Jin, N. 23 Feb 2022, In: Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk
  • Physiographic Controls on Landfast Ice Variability from 20 Years of Maximum Extents across the Northwest Canadian Arctic, Wratten, E., Cooley, S., Mann, P., Whalen, D., Fraser, P., Lim, M. 30 Apr 2022, In: Remote Sensing
  • A New Paraglacial Typology of High Arctic Coastal Systems: Application to Recherchefjorden, Svalbard, Jarosz, K., Zagórski, P., Moskalik, M., Lim, M., Rodzik, J., Mędrek, K. 13 May 2021, In: Annals of the American Association of Geographers
  • Long-term ice-rich permafrost coast sensitivity to air temperatures and storm influence: lessons from Pullen Island, Northwest Territories, Canada, Berry, H., Whalen, D., Lim, M. 1 Dec 2021, In: Arctic Science
  • Low-Cost Automatic Slope Monitoring Using Vector Tracking Analyses on Live-Streamed Time-Lapse Imagery, Khan, M., Dunning, S., Bainbridge, R., Martin, J., Diaz-Moreno, A., Torun, H., Jin, N., Woodward, J., Lim, M. 27 Feb 2021, In: Remote Sensing
  • Seasonal Signals Observed in Non-Contact Long-Term Road Texture Measurements, Edmondson, V., Martin, J., Ardill, O., Lim, M., Kane, M., Woodward, J. 18 Jun 2021, In: Coatings
  • Use of Multiple Low Cost Carbon Dioxide Sensors to Measure Exhaled Breath Distribution with Face Mask Type and Wearing Behaviour, Salman, N., Khan, M., Lim, M., Khan, A., Kemp, A., Noakes, C. 16 Sep 2021, In: Sensors
  • Arctic rock coast responses under a changing climate, Lim, M., Strzelecki, M., Kasprzak, M., Swirad, Z., Woodward, J., Gjelten, H. 1 Jan 2020, In: Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Decoding Complex Erosion Responses for the Mitigation of Coastal Rockfall Hazards Using Repeat Terrestrial LiDAR, Westoby, M., Lim, M., Hogg, M., Dunlop, L., Pound, M., Strzelecki, M., Woodward, J. 13 Aug 2020, In: Remote Sensing

PGR Supervision

  • Bradley Sparkes A monitoring and modelling led investigation into the debris flow geohazard in the west of Scotland Start Date: 15/09/2015 End Date: 24/10/2019
  • Eleanor Wratten ‘Regional and local monitoring and modelling of ice-rich permafrost coastal responses to declining landfast ice across the Northwest Canadian Arctic.’ Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Samuel Hayes Massive Ice and Coastal Permafrost Dynamics in the Western Canadian Arctic Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 25/06/2020
  • Luca Righetti Start Date: 06/08/2018 End Date: 18/11/2020

Qualifications

  • Geography PhD September 01 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011
  • Chartered Geographer CGeog (Geomorph)


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