Dr Lydia Sam

Dr Lydia Sam
Dr Lydia Sam
Dr Lydia Sam



Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Office Address
St. Mary's Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3UF

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School of Geosciences

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Research Overview

  • Remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications
  • Landforms and surface processes
  • Glaciology; including alpine glacier dynamics, glacial geomorphology, glacial hazards and glaciers-climate interaction
  • High-resolution terrain modelling and interpretation
  • Use of Unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/drones for environmental monitoring and Mars analogue research

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Geography and Environment, Geology and Geophysics.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Geography and Environment

Accepting PhDs

Geology and Geophysics

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Glaciology and Cryospheric Systems
  • Geography
  • Planetary Science

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Funding and Grants

  • Global Challange Research Internal Fund: Pump Prime grant for the project 'Ice stupa: a solution to improve Himalayan-Karakoram mountain community resilience to water scarcity'. During August 2020 - July 2021. Funding agency: The Aberdeen Grants Academy, University of Aberdeen
  • 'Geostatistical analysis of spatiotemporal trends of COVID-19 spread in UK'. NERC-Funded QUADRAT Research Experience Placement
  • 'Assessing the long-term impact of climatic variables on coastal changes in Scotland using geospatial tools'. NERC-Funded QUADRAT Research Experience Placement
  • 'Robust infrastructure – Adapting railway maintenance to climate change(CliMaint)'. Funding Agency: VINNOVA Sweden’s Innovation Agency

Teaching Responsibilities

GG5540/GG5563 (CURRENT APPLICATIONS OF GIS): Course Coordinator and Tutor






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  • A Remote Sensing Perspective on Mass Wasting in Contrasting Planetary Environments: Cases of the Moon and Ceres

    Sam, L., Bhardwaj, A.
    Remote Sensing, vol. 14, no. 4, 1049
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Reconstruction and Characterisation of Past and the Most Recent Slope Failure Events at the 2021 Rock-Ice Avalanche Site in Chamoli, Indian Himalaya

    Bhardwaj, A., Sam, L.
    Remote Sensing, vol. 14, no. 4, 949
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Tackling the global change challenges to water security in Tajikistan, the water tower of Central Asia

    Singh, S., Bhardwaj, A., Sam, L., Haro Monteagudo, D.
    EGU General Assembly 2022
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Four decades of understanding Martian geomorphology: Revisiting Baker’s ‘The geomorphology of Mars’

    Bhardwaj, A., Sam, L., Gharehchahi, S.
    Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 45, no. 6, pp. 979-989
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Local- and Regional-Scale Forcing of Glacier Mass Balance Changes in the Swiss Alps

    Gharehchahi, S., Ballinger, T. J., Jensen, J. L. R., Bhardwaj, A., Sam, L., Weaver, R. C., Butler, D. R.
    Remote Sensing, vol. 13, no. 10, e1949
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Comparative View of Glacial and Periglacial Landforms on Earth and Mars

    Galofre, A. G., Andres, C. N., Becerra, P., Bhardwaj, A., Bramson, A., Butcher, F., Christensen, P. R., Conway, S. J., Coronato, A., Hauber, E., Hibbard, S., Knightly, J. P., Meng, T., Osinski, G. R., Petersen, E. I., Plaut, J., Rabassa, J., Rutledge, A. M., Sam, L., Serla, J., Whipple, K. X.
    Bulletin of the AAS, vol. 53, no. 4
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mars Astrobiological Cave and Internal habitability Explorer (MACIE): A New Frontiers Mission Concept

    Phillips-Lander, C., Agha-mohamamdi, A., Wynne, J., Titus, T., Chanover, N., Demirel-Floyd, C., Uckert, K., Williams, K., Wyrick, D., Blank, J., Boston, P., Mitchell, K., Kereszturi, A., Martin-Torres, J., Shkolyar, S., Bardabelias, N., Datta, S., Retherford, K., Sam, L., Bhardwaj, A., Fairén, A., Flannery, D., Wiens, R.
    Bulletin of the AAS, vol. 53, no. 4
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Solar-System-Wide Significance of Mars Polar Science

    Smith, I., Calvin, W. M., Smith, D. E., Hansen, C., Diniega, S., McEwen, A., Thomas, N., Banfield, D., Titus, T. N., Becerra, P., Kahre, M., Forget, F., Hecht, M., Byrne, S., Hvidberg, C. S., Hayne, P. O., III, J. W. H., Mellon, M., Horgan, B., Mustard, J., Holt, J. W., Howard, A., McCleese, D., Stoker, C., James, P., Putzig, N. E., Whitten, J., Buhler, P., Spiga, A., Crismani, M., Aye, K. M., Portyankina, A., Orosei, R., Bramson, A., Hanley, J., Sori, M., Aharonson, O., Clifford, S., Sizemore, H., Morgan, G., Hartmann, B., Schorghofer, N., Clark, R., Berman, D., Crown, D., Chuang, F., Siegler, M., Dobrea, E. N., Lynch, K., Obbard, R. W., Elmaary, M. R., Fisher, D., Kleinboehl, A., Balme, M., Schmitt, B., Daly, M., Ewing, R. C., Herkenhoff, K. E., Fenton, L., Guzewich, S. D., Koutnik, M., Levy, J., Massey, R., Łosiak, A., Eke, V., Goldsby, D., Cross, A., Hager, T., Piqueux, S., Kereszturi, A., Seelos, K., Wood, S., Hauber, E., Amos, C., Russell, P., Jaumann, R., Michael, G., Conway, S., Khayat, A., Lewis, S., Luizzi, G., Martinez, G., Mesick, K., Montabone, L., Johnsson, A., Pankine, A., Phillips-Lander, C., Read, P., Edgar, L., Zacny, K., McAdam, A., Rutledge, A., Bertrand, T., Widmer, J., Stillman, D., Soto, A., Yoldi, Z., Young, R., Svensson, A., Sam, L., Landis, M., Bhardwaj, A., Chojnacki, M., Kite, E., Thomas, P., Plaut, J., Bapst, J., Milkovich, S., Whiteway, J., Moores, J., Rezza, C., Karimova, R., Mishev, I., Brenen, A. V., Acharya, P., Chesal, J., Pascuzzo, A., Vos, E., Osinski, G., Andres, C., Neisch, C., Hibbard, S., Sinha, P., Knightly, J. P., Cartwright, S., Kounaves, S., Orgel, C., Skidmore, M., MacGregor, J., Staehle, R., Rabassa, J., Gallagher, C., Coronato, A., Galofre, A. G., Wilson, J., McKeown, L., Oliveira, N., Fawdon, P., Gayathri, U., Stuurman, C., Herny, C., Butcher, F., Bernardini, F., Perry, M., Hu, R., Mukherjee, S., Chevrier, V., Banks, M. E., Meng, T., Johnson, P. A., Tober, B., Johnson, J. C., Ulamsec, S., Echaurren, J. C., Khuller, A., Dinwiddie, C., Adeli, S., Henderson, B. L., Lozano, L. R., Lalich, D., Rivera-Valentín, E., Nerozzi, S., Petersen, E., Foss, F., Lorenz, R., Eigenbrode, J., Day, M., Brown, A., Pajola, M., Karatekin, ?., Lucchetti, A., Cesar, C., Newman, C., Cave, T. G., Tamppari, L., Mischna, M., Patel, M., Streeter, P., Stern, J. C., Dundas, C. M.
    Bulletin of the AAS, vol. 53, no. 4
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Glacier Ice Thickness Estimation and Future Lake Formation in Swiss Southwestern Alps—The Upper Rhône Catchment: A VOLTA Application

    Gharehchahi, S., James, W. H. M., Bhardwaj, A., Jensen, J. L. R., Sam, L., Ballinger, T. J., Butler, D. R.
    Remote Sensing, vol. 12, no. 20, 3443
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Small lava caves as possible exploratory targets on Mars: Analogies drawn from UAV imaging of an Icelandic lava field

    Sam, L., Bhardwaj, A., Singh, S., Martin-Torres, F. J., Zorzano, M., Luque, J. A. R.
    Remote Sensing, vol. 12, no. 12, 1970
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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