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Andrew Ford

  • 01202 961104
  • aford at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Geoinformatics
  • Christchurch House C218a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Research

Andrew Ford (LES) and Karina Gerdau-Radonic (AAFS) have been awarded a grant by the Japanese space agency (JAXA) to evaluate L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for archaeological prospection in the arid region surrounding the Pachacámac Archaeological Complex near Lima, Peru, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The region has had human occupation for over 10 000 years and the area and archaeological sites are currently under threat of urban expansion. Identification of important sites through cross referencing of remote sensing and field surveys will be used as a negotiating tool with local governments so they engage with urban planning, and for archaeological work to be carried out before the sites disappear under the urban sprawl. The team will use the data collected by the Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR-2) aboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2). PALSAR-2 uses a wavelength capable of penetrating dry sand, whilst also being the only such sensor capable of fine-resolution imaging, using a "Spotlight mode", thus providing a unique capability for archaeologists. Besides simple imaging, interferometry (InSAR) in Spotlight mode will also be evaluated to estimate the depths of any sub-surface features. Results from PALSAR-2 will be compared to existing mapping and forthcoming excavations in the field.

We would like to recuit an MRes student to work with this project. Contact both Andy and Karina if you are interested.

Journal Articles

  • Papworth, H., Ford, A., Welharn, K. and Thackray, D., 2016. Assessing 3D metric data of digital surface models for extracting archaeological data from archive stereo-aerial photographs. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 72, 85-104.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A., 2013. Airborne spectral imagery for archaeological prospection in grassland environments - An evaluation of performance. Antiquity, 87 (335), 220-236.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2012. The application of vegetation indices for the prospection of archaeological features in grass-dominated environments. Archaeological Prospection, 19 (3), 209-218.
  • Golicher, D., Ford, A., Newton, A. and Cayuela, L., 2012. Pseudo-absences, pseudo-models and pseudo-niches: pitfalls of model selection based on the area under the curve. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2012. A comparison of visualisation techniques for models created from airborne laser scanned data. Archaeological Prospection, 19, 41-48.
  • Han, J.Y., Forster, R.R., Moser, D.E., Ford, A.L.J., Ramírez-Hernandez, J. and Tiampo, K.F., 2011. The Spatial and Temporal Subsidence Variability of the East Mesa Geothermal Field, CA, USA and its Potential Impact on the All American Canal System. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32, 3427-3449.
  • Bruhn, R.L., Forster, R.R., Ford, A.L.J., Pavlis, T.L. and Vorkink, M., 2010. Structural geology and glacier dynamics, Bering and Steller Glaciers, Alaska. Special Paper of the Geological Society of America, 462, 217-233.
  • Ford, A.L.J., Ford, A.K. and Hearing, T., 2009. Can GIS help to preserve fossils on the Jurassic Coast? Mapping News, 8-12.
  • VanLooy, J., Forster, R.R. and Ford, A.L.J., 2006. Accelerating Thinning of Kenai Peninsula Glaciers, Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters, 33.
  • Ford, A.L.J., Forster, R.R. and Bruhn, R.L., 2003. Ice surface velocity patterns on Seward Glacier, Alaska/Yukon, and their implications for regional tectonics in the Saint Elias Mountains. Annals of Glaciology, 36, 21-28.
  • Ford, A.L.J., 2001. Book Review: "Landform Monitoring, Modelling and Analysis", edited by S.N. Lake, K.N. Richards and J.H. Chandler. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 2617-2620.

Chapters

  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A., 2013. Using lidar as part of a multi-sensor approach to archaeological survey and interpretation. Interpreting Archaeological Topography. Airborne Laser Scanning, 3D Data and Ground Observation.. Oxbow Books.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2011. Making the most of airborne remote sensing techniques for archaeological survey and interpretation. In: Cowley, D.C., ed. Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management.. Brussels, Belgium: Europae Archaeologia Consilium, 99-106.
  • Bruhn, R.L., Forster, R.R., Ford, A.L.J., Pavlis, T.L. and Vorkink, M., 2010. Structural Geology and Glacier Dynamics, Bering and Steller Glaciers, Alaska. In: Stuckman, R.A. and Josberger, E.G., eds. Bering Glacier: Interdisciplinary Studies of Earth's Largest Temperate Surging Glacier. Geological Society of America.

Conferences

  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2015. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves in Temperate Environments. In: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Wavelength Conference 30 March-1 April 2015 Newcastle.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2015. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves in Temperate Environments. In: American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Scientific Meeting 16-21 February 2015 Orlando, Florida.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A., Cheetham, P. and Gerdau-Radonic, K., 2014. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves. In: Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons 3 December 2014 The London Geological Society, Burlington House.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A. and Cheetham, P., 2014. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves. In: NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility Biennial Workshop at the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 2-5 September 2014 Aberystwyth, UK.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A. and Cheetham, P., 2014. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves. In: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 2-5 September 2014 Aberystwyth, UK.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A. and Cheetham, P., 2014. Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing of Mass Graves. In: 3rd European Meeting on Forensic Archaeology (EMFA) 22-23 August 2014 Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, UK.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A. and Cheetham, P., 2014. The Prospection of Mass Graves: A Multi-Platform Approach. In: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Wavelength Conference 14-16 April 2014 Great Malvern, UK.
  • Norton, E., Ford, A. and Cheetham, P., 2013. The Prospection of Mass Graves: A Multi-Platform Approach. In: RSPSoc 2013 3-6 September 2013 Glasgow.
  • Papworth, H.E., Ford, A.L.J. and Welham, K., 2013. The assessment and application of historic stereo aerial photographs for evaluating archaeological earthwork reconstruction. In: RSPSoc 2013 3-6 September 2013 Glasgow.
  • Papworth, Welham, K., Ford, A.L.J. and Thackray, D., 2012. Investigating laser penetration depths of a NIR airborne laser scanner in very shallow water. In: Remote Sensing and Photgrammetry Society Annual Conference 2011 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth University. 361-367.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2011. Pushing the sensors: how multi-sensor airborne survey can aid archaeological interpretation in non-arable landscapes. In: RSPSoc 2011: Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Annual Conference 13-15 September 2011 Bournemouth, England.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2010. Multi-sensor airborne remote sensing techniques for archaeological survey and interpretation. In: International Aerial Archaeology Conference 15-18 September 2010 Bucharest, Romania.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2010. Analysing the vegetation information content of airborne remotely sensed data to improve understanding of archaeological features. In: RSPSoc 2010: From The Sea-bed to the Cloud-tops (Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society) 1-3 September 2010 Cork, Ireland.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for archaeological prospection. In: International Aerial Archaeology Conference 25-26 September 2009 Siena, Italy.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Beyond the picturesque: analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for understanding prehistoric sites. In: 8th International Conference on Archaeological Prospection: Mémoire du sol, Espace des hommes 9-12 September 2009 Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France.
  • Bennett, R., Welham, K., Hill, R.A. and Ford, A.L.J., 2009. Beyond the picturesque: analysing the information content of airborne remotely sensed data for understanding prehistoric sites. In: III International Conference On Remote Sensing In Archaeology 17-21 August 2009 Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Ford, A.L.J. and Ford, A.K., 2008. Preliminary results monitoring mass movement along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage. In: ALOS PI Symposium 2008 3-7 November 2008 Rhodes, Greece.
  • Forster, R.R., Ford, A.L.J. and Bruhn, R.L., 2006. Surface elevation changes on the Bering Glacier, Alaska. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 7-11 March 2006 Chicago, IL.
  • VanLooy, J., Forster, R.R. and Ford, A.L.J., 2006. Surface elevation change on the Harding Icefield, Alaska. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 7-11 March 2006 Chicago, IL.
  • Forster, R.R. and Ford, A.L.J., 2005. Measuring Alaskan Glacier Velocities from Space. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 5-9 April 2005 Denver, CO, USA.
  • VanLooy, J., Forster, R.R. and Ford, A.L.J., 2005. Monitoring glacial changes on the Harding Icefield, Alaska using Remote Sensing techniques. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 5-9 April 2005 Denver, CO, USA.
  • Han, J.Y., Forster, R.R., Moser, D.E. and Ford, A.L.J., 2005. Land Deformation Patterns due to groundwater changes near the All-American Canal System (U.S./Mexico Border) observed with InSAR. In: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting 5-9 December 2005 San Francisco, USA.
  • Moser, D.E., Ford, A.L.J., Han, J.Y., Forster, R.R. and Sanchez, E., 2004. Radar Satellite (InSAR) Assessment of Hydrodynamics Near the All-American Canal (Calexico/Mexicali Region, Rio Colorado). In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 13-17 December 2004 San Francisco, USA.
  • Bruhn, R.L., Ford, A.L.J. and Forster, R.R., 2004. Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar Images to Map Geologic Structures and Geomorphology: Saint Elias Mountains, Alaska. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 13-17 December 2004 San Francisco, USA.
  • Ford, A.L.J., Moser, D.E., Han, J.Y. and Forster, R.R., 2003. InSAR monitoring of ground subsidence near the All-American Canal, Calexico/Mexicali. In: Fringe 1-5 December 2003 Fascati, Italy.
  • Ford, A.L.J. and Forster, R.R., 2003. Using multiple crossing orbits to dispense with the assumption of surface parallel ice flow. In: Fringe 1-5 December 2003 Fascati, Italy.
  • Forster, R.R. and Ford, A.L.J., 2003. Evolution of snowpack conditions monitored with high-temporal resolution InSAR. In: Fringe 1-5 December 2003 Fascati, Italy.
  • Ford, A.L.J. and Forster, R.R., 2003. InSAR observations of Ice Stream A: dispensing with the surface parallel flow assumption. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 8-12 December 2003 San Francisco, USA.
  • Forster, R.R., Bruhn, R.L. and Ford, A.L.J., 2003. Glaciological Field Measurements on the Bering Glacier, Alaska Summer 2003. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 8-12 December 2003 San Francisco, USA.
  • Ford, A.L.J., Forster, R.R. and Bruhn, R.L., 2002. Ice surface velocity patterns on the Seward Glacier, Alaska/Yukon and their implications for regional tectonics in the St. Elias Mountains. In: International Symposium on Fast Glacier Flow 10-14 June 2002 Yakutat, Alaska,USA. Annals of Glaciology Volume 36 2003, 21-28.
  • Ford, A.L.J., Bruhn, R.L. and Forster, R.R., 2002. InSAR Measurements of Surface Deformation in the Epicentral Region of the Nenana Mountain and Denali Fault Earthquakes of Oct.23 & Nov. 3, 2002. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 6-10 December 2002 San Francisco, USA.
  • Ford, A.L.J. and Forster, R.R., 2002. Three-dimensional Ice Velocities Derived from Multiple Look Direction InSAR: An Example from Ice Stream A, West Antarctica. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 6-10 December 2002 San Francisco.
  • Bruhn, R.L., Forster, R.R., Ford, A.L.J. and Pavlis, T.L., 2002. Applications of Remote Sensing to Tectonics and Glacial Processes in the Saint Elias Orogen. In: American Geophysical Union Annual meeting 6-10 December 2002 San Francisco, USA.

PhD Students

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Practical Skills
  • Marine Geography
  • Earth Surface Processes & Landforms
  • Earth, Environment & Society

Grants

  • Subsurface archaeological prospection (Japanese Aerospatial Exploration Agency, 11 Apr 2016). Awarded

Memberships

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