Department of Geography


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Dr Brian Baily

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6029
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


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.

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver environmental geography and GIS components of the undergraduate teaching in the department. I am the co-ordinator of two units:

  • European Fieldwork
  •  Environmental Assessment and Management

I also contribute to the following co-taught units:

  • Population Resources and the Environment
  • Introduction to GIS
  • GIS and remote sensing

I am the Department’s Erasmus coordinator.


Coastal Change

I have worked on a series of projects looking at geomorphological and habitat change in coastal regions. In the past, 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. More 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 have also looked at the reliability of historical maps for saltmarsh mapping which was published in the Journal of Coastal Conservation (Baily and Inkpen, 2013). I am currently working with colleagues on pluvial flooding in Lagos, Nigeria and the associated social vulnerability.

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). More recently I have worked with Robert Inkpen on stone erosion rates on St. Pauls Cathedral (Inkpen et al, 2012).

Environmental management

The majority of my teaching is connected to environmental assessment and management. 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

I have 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).

Current Research Projects

Pluvial flood risk in Lagos, water conservation strategies, Maltese coastal management.


Research profile

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