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About Dr Andrew Miles

I am a physical geographer with research interests in coastal processes and coastal management, as well as a broader research interest in the applications of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing across a range of topics.


  • GE4001 Introduction to Physical Geography and Geology – Contributing Lecturer (sea-level rise)
  • GE4004 Tutorials – Tutor
  • GE5001 Hazard Processes and Human Vulnerability – Contributing Lecturer (climate change and coastal hazards)
  • GE5009 Themes in Physical Geography – Contributing Lecturer (coastal processes)
  • GE5010 Geomatics and Research Design – Contributing Lecturer (remote sensing)
  • GE5013 Researcher Development with Geomatics – Co-Leader (geomatics component)
  • GE6001 Dissertation – Supervisor
  • GE6009 Remote Sensing & GIS – Co-leader
  • GE6015 Coastal Dynamics & Management – Module leader


My research interests focus in two overlapping areas; firstly coastal dynamics, in particular the challenge of integrating understanding of coastal processes over a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Secondly a broader research interest in spatial analysis and applications of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, which extends beyond the realm of physical geography.

Current projects include investigating the application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for monitoring coastal change at Wirral Country Park. This project aims to examine the application of aerial imagery collected using UAVs for monitoring coastal change and the impact of coastal defences. This includes both two-dimensional mapping of features from aerial images as well as the generation of 3D terrain models, allowing for enhanced feature detection and the calculation of volume changes and other coastal state indicators. I am also working in partnership with the University of Chester’s Digital Humanities Research Centre on applying GIS analysis to investigate the role of place in contemporary narrative literature.

Published Work

Conference papers

‘Morphological Evolution Around A Groyne Structure At Cleveleys Beach, Northwest England, During A Range Of Wave Conditions’ Proceedings of Coastal Dynamics, June 2013, Arcachon, France

‘Morphological Variability of Intertidal Bars on the Fylde Coast, North Lancashire: An Application of GIS and Airborne LiDAR Data’ GIS Research UK, April 2012, Lancaster, UK

‘Morphological Variability of Intertidal Bars on the Fylde Coast, North Lancashire’ Young Coastal Scientists & Engineers Conference, April 2012, Bangor, UK

‘Analysis of Wave breaking Over Intertidal Bars on a Macrotidal Coast Based On Pixel Intensity Maxima’   – Tenth International Argus Workshop, July 2011, Corvallis, Oregon, USA


BSc Hons (UEA), MSc (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster), PGCert (Chester)