Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Christopher Masafu

Research interests:

– Core research focus areas: River Hydrodynamics, UAV Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Water Related Risk (Flood Hazard Modelling)

Career history:

Oct 2019 – Date PhD Researcher, University of Glasgow
The core of my research focuses on the use of video (from unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite platforms) to unlock previously unstudied flood dynamics at unprecedent spatial and temporal scales. This is the key focus of my PhD research project at the University of Glasgow, aiming to explore artificial intelligence-driven solutions to the problem of jointly enhancing the spatial-spectral resolution of satellite video for applications in flood hazard mapping. There lies great scope in utilising satellite video for this ground-breaking research, where it is envisaged deep learning routines (artificial intelligence) can be developed to enable real-time processing of satellite video for flood risk management applications.
2012 – 2013 MSc. Water & Environmental Management, University of Bristol
Thesis: An assessment of agricultural demand and water availability using rainfall-runoff modelling in the Rokel – Seli catchment, Sierra Leone (Distinction)
2007 – 2011 BSc. Earth Science (First Class Honours), Maseno University

Active research projects:

– Spatio-temporal high resolution topography (laser scanning, structure-from-motion)
– Image processing in geographic applications (automatic feature detection and tracking, Deep Learning (Artificial Intelligence)
– Flood model validation

Recent publications:

Masafu, C. K., Trigg, M. A., Carter, R., & Howden, N. J. (2016). Water availability and agricultural demand: An assessment framework using global datasets in a data scarce catchment, Rokel-Seli River, Sierra Leone. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 8, 222-234. (

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