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Pauline Miller

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Honorary Associate
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Pauline joined the James Hutton Institute in early 2015 as a Research Fellow in Remote Sensing and is now an Honorary Associate of the Institute. She is a geomatics research scientist with more than ten years experience across a range of techniques and application domains. She specialises in the development of geospatial methodologies and solutions for challenges in the earth and environmental sciences.

Pauline obtained a PhD (2007) from Newcastle University, investigating the integration of histroical aerial photogrammetry and present day lidar and terrestrial laser scanning datasets, for enhanced assessment of coastal change. Following this, she spent more than seven years at Newcastle University as a postdoctoral researcher and School Research Fellow, working on a number of research projects. Much of her research has included a focus on landslide hazard assessment, with an example being the EPSRC-funded project (EP/D023726/1), 'Remote asset inspection for transport corridors'. This invoved the combination of high resolution topographic data (lidar), landcover information (CASI multispectral imagery), hydrological parameters, and geotechnical information to deliver fine scale modelling of landslide hazard risk across earthwork slopes. More recently, Pauline's research has focussed on the investigation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms and sensors for high resolution mapping and monitoring applications with particular emphasis on catchment science.

Pauline continues her affiliation with Newcastle University as a Visiting Researcher, where she co-supervises a number of PhD students. She chairs the Publications Committee of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (


  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.-A.; Kyle, C; Newman, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science, The James Hutton Institute, 25pp

  • Loerke, E.; Miller, P.; Geris, J.; Pohle, I. (2019) How to determine the absolute surface temperature of a stream using an UAV., SAGES'19 Conference 'Global Climate Challenges for a Blue Green Economy: Scientific Evidence; its Relevance; Societal Solutions' John McIntyre Centre, Edinburgh, 27-28 November 2019. Book of Abstracts, p29. (Poster)
  • Iason, G.R.; Beaton, J.K.; Reid, S.; Ellis, C.; Finger, A.; Newey, S.; Irvine, J.; McLeod, J.; Gilbert, L.; Fielding, D.; Dagleish, D.; McInnes, C.; Artz, R.; Miller, P.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Eastwood, A.; Fisher, A.; Skuce, P. (2018) RESAS Strategic Research Programme: Biodiversity and Ecosystems., Posters presented at The Wild North East - Scotland's Natural Gem, organised by North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, James Hutton Institute, 13 April 2018.
  • Peppa, M.V.; Mills, J.P.; Moore, P.; Miller, P.E.; Chambers, J. (2017) 3D landslide motion from a UAV derived time-series of morphological attributes., Geophysical Research Abstracts, 19, EGU2017-15074.
  • Aalders, I.; Miller, P. (2016) Assessing the feasibility of Sentinel-2 for national scale land cover mapping., European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016. Poster.
  • Addy, S.; Pritchett, A.; Miller, P. (2016) Initial assessment of channel changes on the River Dee associated with the 30th December 2015 'Storm Frank' flood event., 39th T B Macaulay Lecture - The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Dynamics of Well-being, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 13 October 2016.

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