Jacob Connolly

Jacob Connolly


I am a PhD student in the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT) within the School of Earth and Environment. As part of the NERC SENSE Earth Observation CDT 2020 cohort, I will be looking into developing new and existing InSAR methods for hazard monitoring. InSAR is an extremely useful tool for monitoring ground deformation around fault zones and volcanoes but also for monitoring subsidence in urban areas as a result of natural and anthropogenic processes. The main aim of my project is to develop new or existing InSAR processing methods that can:

  • Increase coverage and decrease noise for areas that suffer from variable coherence characteristics
  • Better handle decorrelation events
  • Better handle changes in soil moisture and vegetation
  • Analyse new data quickly
  • Work at a variety of resolutions

The project partner is NASA JPL and the CASE partner is SatSense Ltd.


Research interests

  • Remote sensing
  • Geodesy
  • Earth Observation
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar


  • 2015 - 2020 MPhys Physics with Astrophysics (Ind), University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics