University of Aberdeen
Current Position Lecturer
Departments School of Geosciences
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling, Remote Sensing


Key Research Interests

  • Remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications for environmental research
  • 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 for studying analogies between terrestrial and Martian surfaces and landforms

Recent Key Papers

  • Sam, L., Bhardwaj, A., Singh, S., Martin-Torres, F. J., Zorzano, M. P., & Ramírez Luque, J. A. (2020). Small Lava Caves as Possible Exploratory Targets on Mars: Analogies Drawn from UAV Imaging of an Icelandic Lava Field. Remote Sensing, 12(12), pp.1970. DOI:
  • Bhardwaj, A., Sam, L., Martin-Torres, F.J., Zorzano, M.P. (2019). Are slope streaks indicative of global-scale aqueous processes on contemporary Mars? Reviews of Geophysics, 57. DOI:
  • Sam, L., Bhardwaj, A., Kumar, R., Buchroithner, M. F., & Martín-Torres, F. J. (2018). Heterogeneity in topographic control on velocities of Western Himalayan glaciers. Scientific reports, 8(1), pp.12843. DOI:

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Geostatistical analysis of spatiotemporal trends of COVID-19 spread in UK (NERC-Funded QUADRAT Research Experience Placements)
  • Assessing the long-term impact of climatic variables on coastal changes in Scotland using geospatial tools (NERC-Funded QUADRAT Research Experience Placements)
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Morrigan Jones: Comparative glaciology: reconstructing glaciers on Earth and Mars to understand landscape evolution with respect to climate change