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Miss Costanza Morino

Profile summary

  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Environment, Earth & Ecosystem Sciences
  • costanza.morino

Professional biography

I am a second year PhD student fully funded by NERC through the CENTA Doctoral Training Partnership.

My research focuses on the possible connections between degradation of permafrost and rapid mass movements occurring in mountain regions in northern Iceland.
In the last few years a number of landslides occurred in northern Iceland, where the trend of increasing atmospheric temperatures over the last decade has caused degradation of permafrost, suggesting that this phenomenon can affect slope stability.

Using field-applied geophysics image and elevation data from terrestrial and airborne sensors, such as cameras and laser altimeters (LiDAR), analysis and modelling, my research aims to understand the role of thawing ground-ice in triggering gravitational phenomena. This work will aid in assessing the natural hazard constituted by degradation of permafrost in inhabited mountain areas in Iceland and determining the risk to local population.

Research interests

  • Mountain geomorphology
  • Mountain permafrost and periglacial geomorphology
  • Applied remote sensing, GIS and spatial data analysis
  • Application of geophysics in mountain environment
  • Natural hazard and risk analysis

External collaborations

My PhD project benefits from collaborations with the British Geological Survey,  the University of Iceland and Loughborough University.

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