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Philippe Blondel

Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Bath

I am Deputy Director of the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in Bath, joint between Engineering and Physics. I also lead the acoustics group in the Department of Physics. I have a PhD in Physics from Paris (France), and I am also a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (UK).

Acoustics is the best remote sensing tool to find out what is going on underwater. For my research, I design new instruments (e.g. multi-angle sonars, subsea imaging platforms), new processing techniques (e.g. texture analyses of sonar imagery, data fusion, ambient noise) and I apply them to problems of topical and general interest. This includes mapping marine habitats and geo-hazards (from the Venice Lagoon to abyssal plains and traces of past tsunamis), using ambient noise to monitor Arctic glaciers, protect marine life or improve mitigation in seismic exploration, and acoustic monitoring of Marine Renewable Energies (tidal and wave).

The latest projects (and publications) are detailed in my personal home page.


  • 2000–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
  • 1999–2000
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Bath
  • 1995–1999
    Senior Scientific Officer, Southampton Oceanography Centre
  • 1994–1995
    Higher Scientific Officer, Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Deacon Laboratory
  • 1992–1994
    Research scientist, School of Oceanography, University of Washington


  • 1992 
    University of Paris-VII Jussieu (France), PhD "Physical Methods in Remote Sensing"
  • 1989 
    University of Paris-VII Jussieu (France), DEA "Physical Methods in Remote Sensing"
  • 1987 
    University of Paris-XI Orisay (France), Maitrise "Physics"
  • 1985 
    University of Rouen Haute-Normandie (France), DEUG-A (Physics/Mathematics)

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Acoustics (UK)
  • Geological Society of London
  • American Geophysical Union


Chartered Geologist; Fellow of the Geological Society; Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy