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C. Richard Bates

School of Geog & Geosciences

Earth Sciences

Irvine Building

St Andrews

KY16 9AL

United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463997

Research overview

Application of high resolution geophysical survey techniques for near surface investigations and the use of geophysics in a multi-disciplinary team approach to environmental problem solving. Specific focus on the fields of near surface, high resolution terrestrial geophysics (groundwater investigations, contamination mapping, structural investigations, climate change impact, palaeo-climate reconstructions, archaeological appraisal) and marine, high resolution survey (ecosystem evaluation, resource mapping, sediment dynamics, palaeo-landscape reconstruction).  Development of multi-sensor equipment for environmental investigations with an emphasis on climate impact studies such as marine benthic mapping and glacier retreat in the maritime Arctic.  Recent archaeological research investigations include the use of multi-sensor techniques at iconic sites such Stonehenge and the World Heritage sites in Orkney.   Commercialization of applied geophysics for marine investigation of Special Areas of Conservation and offshore marine resource development both internationally and on the UK Continental Shelf.

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