Pete's Page

Like most peoples' personal Web pages, this one is continually (or rather, sporadically) being updated, so apologies for any bits which may not work properly. Please e-mail me (address below) if you have any comments.



I have been on the faculty of Newcastle University since 1998 (Lecturer 1998-2004, Reader 2004-2007, Professor from 2007).  During 2003, I was on sabbatical at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.  

I now hold the position of Professor of Geophysical Geodesy in the School of Engineering, and lead the geomatics group within the School.  Within the geomatics group, we are engaged in three strands of research:  geodesy, Earth Observation ("NEOlab"), and geospatial engineering; my personal contribution is mostly to the first two of these. 


I am involved in the teaching of both of our geomatics degree programmes:  B.Sc.(Hons.) Surveying and Mapping Science, and B.Sc.(Hons) Geographic Information Science; and also in the B.Sc. (Hons.) / M. Earth Sci. in Earth Scences and the B.Eng. (Hons.) / M.Eng. in Civil and Surveying Engineering co-taught with other groups in CEG,and the B.Sc. (Hons.) Physical Geography that we teach jointly with the School of Geography.  More information about my undergraduate teaching duties can be found on Pete's Teaching Page.  I also lead several of our Continuing Professional Development short courses.


My research concerns the use of high-precision geodesy (mostly GPS/GNSS) to observe the deformation of the solid Earth at all spatial scales, and the use of these observations to understand Earth's rheology (in particular, the rheology of the continental crust and its relationship to the earthquake cycle) and the seasonal water cycle.  GPS geodesy is an amazing geophysical tool and can provide information about all kinds of processes in the solid Earth, hydrosphere and atmosphere.  Unfortunately, to isolate any one signal of interest it is necessary to understand and remove a whole lot of other interesting signals!

If you are interested in collaborating or being supervised as a research student in any of these or related areas, please get in touch.

More information can be found in my official departmental research profile. See also my full publications list.  (Researcher ID:  B-1783-2008)  (ORCID:  0000-0003-1276-8300).  You can also find me on ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

Other professional activities

In addition to teaching and research I have carried out several administrative roles, and played an active part in a number of internal, external and international working groups and committees.  See my Curriculum Vitae for more details.

The rest

Check out Pete's Links Page for some Earth Science, geodesy and Newcastle University-related info, or Pete's Fun Page for some outdoor and amusing links.

If you're interested in a holiday on the gorgeous Northumberland coast or in the historic town of Alnwick, you might like to look at Leaholme Cottages' webpage.


Last modified 2018-Mar-19 by PJC.