Centre de Recherche sur l' Histoire de la Terre

Colin W. Mitchell (Click for full C.V.)

Ph.D. Cambridge University 1970

Geomorphology, Geography and Geology of Soils

General Interests

Colin Mitchell's interests include characterization of soils, and analysis of the origin of geomorphic features and landscapes

Current Research

Mitchell is currently doing consulting , teaching philosophy at Newbold College, and conducting research on the Jurassic Great Dirt Bed in England.

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Photo:A rural scene of the Sussex Downs a few miles west of Eastbourne on the South Downs Way.

Selected Publications


1985 with J A Howard: Phytogeomorphology, John Wiley & Sons, New York.

1986 (reprinted 1991) with R D Thompson, A M Mannion M Parry, and J R G Townshend: Processes in Physical Geography, Longmans, London.

1991 Terrain Evaluation, Longmans , London, 2nd edition, 1991.

1994 The Case for Creationism, Stanborough Press, Grantham Lincs.

1995 The Remote Sensing Society: The Early Years 1974-1995, Remote Sensing Society, Department of Geography, University of Nottingham.

Journal articles and reports

1972-1973 Editor: Studies on the Geomorphology and Agriculture of the Northern Sahara 1972-3, Geography Department, Reading University.

1973 Soil classification with particular reference to the Seventh Approximation, Journal of Soil Science, 24 (4), 411-420.

1973 The Application of ERTS-1 Imagery to the Sudan Savanna Project, Remote Sensing Centre, FAO, Rome.

1974 with S G Willimott: Dayas of the Moroccan Sahara and other arid regions, Geographical Journal, 140 (3), 441-453.

1974 with D M Clark and J A Varley: Geomorphic evolution of sediment-filled solution hollows in some arid regions (NW Sahara), Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband 20, 130-139.

1977 Interpretation of photos. Nos 5:6, 5:7 & 5:8 (pp 78-83), in Perrin, R M S, Air photography in soil science. In St Joseph, The Uses of Air Photography, 2nd edition, John Baker, London, 66-85.

1978 The use of Landsat imagery in a land system classification of Jordan, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 31 (8), 283-292

1978 with J A Howard: The Application of Landsat Imagery to Soil Degradation Mapping at 1:1,000,000, FAO Series AGLT 4/78, Rome.

1979 Terrain evaluation, chapter 8 in Goodall, B and Kirby, A (eds) Resources and Planning, Pergamon International Library, Oxford.

1979 with Webster, R, Beckett, P H T, and Clifford, B: An analysis of terrain classification for long-range prediction of conditions in deserts, Geographical Journal, 145 (1), 72-85.

1980 with J A Howard: Phytogeomorphological classification of the landscape, Geoforum, 11, 85-106.

1980 with Gavish, D: Land on which battles are lost and won, Geographical Magazine, L11 (12), 838-840.

1981 Reconnaissance land resources surveys in arid and semi-arid lands. Chapter 8 in Townshend, J R G (ed) Terrain Analysis and Remote Sensing, George Allen & Unwin, London, 169-183.

1981 Soil degradation mapping from Landsat imagery in North Africa and the Middle East. In Allan, J A, and Bradshaw, M (eds), Geological and Terrain Analysis Studies by Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing Society, Reading.

1982 with Howard, J A and Mainguet, M M: Soil Degradation Mapping from Landsat in North Africa and the Middle East. In First Thematic Conference: Remote Sensing of Arid and Semi-arid Lands, Environment Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), Cairo, Egypt, 899-908.

1982 with Travaglia, C: Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing for Land and Water Resources Appraisal, People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY), FAO Report Remote Sensing Series 9, TCP/PDY/0104 (Mi), Rome.

1983 The soils of the Sahara with particular reference to the Maghreb, Maghreb Review, January-April, 8 (1-2), 29-37.

1984 Soils, chapter 4 in Cloudesley-Thompson, J L (ed) Sahara Desert, Key Environments Series, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 41-56.

1985 Landsat-based land system survey in northern Iraq, Proceedings of the First National Symposium on Remote Sensing, Baghdad, Iraq, 26-28/10/85, Vol 2. Space and Astronomy Research Centre, Baghdad.

1987 with Roberts, C: Spring mounds in southern Tunisia, in Frostick, L E and Reid, I, Desert Sediments Ancient and Modern, Geological Society of London Special Publication No 35, Blackwell, Oxford, 321-334.

1987 Trends and needs in remote sensing for land applications, in Advances in Digital Image Processing, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society, Nottingham, 145-153.

1987 Terrain evaluation, in Bell, F G, Ground Engineer's Reference Book, Butterworth, London, 23/1-23/8.

1988 Xizang (Tibet), Contemporary Review, Vol 252 (1468), 269-270.

1988 An international approach to GIS based on remote sensing and terrain classification. In IGARSS'88 (1988 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium), Edinburgh: Remote Sensing: Moving Towards the 21st Century, European Space Agency, Paris 117-118.

1991 Physiography, geology, and soils, in Craig G M (ed.) The Agriculture of the Sudan, Oxford University Press, Oxford, chapter 1, 1-18.

1995 The Remote Sensing Society: a history 1993-1995. In Curran, P J & Robertson, Y C (Compilers) RSS95 Remote Sensing in Action, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing Society 11-14 September 1995, University of Southampton, 179-186.

Reviews and Notes

1972 Glennie K W (1970) Desert Sedimentary Environments, in Geological Magazine 109 (2) 182-183.

1973 White D (ed.) (1972) Resource Satellites and Remote airborne sensing for Canada, Proceedings of First Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Ottawa, February, in Photogrammetric Record.

1973 Potter J S, Wetherby KG & Chittleborough D J (1973) A Description of the Land in County Albert, County Alfred and Part of County Eyre, South Australia, and also Chittleborough D J and Wright M (1973) Murray New Town Selection; A Preliminary Soil and Landform Study, in Photogrammetric Record.

1974 Muller S V (1971) A System for Describing and Classifying Information concerning Landforms, in Regional Studies.

1974 Amiran D H K and Wilson A W (eds.) Coastal Deserts: Their Natural and Human Environments, in Regional Studies.

1976 Frederick K D (1975) Water Management and Agricultural Development: A Case Study of the Cuyo Region of Argentina, in Journal of Peasant Studies 3 (4) 496-497.

1977 Worthington E B (ed.) (1977) Arid Land Irrigation in Developing Countries: Environmental Problems and Effects, in Regional Studies Review 11 (6).

1978 Young A (1976) Tropical Soils and Soil Survey, in Progress in Physical Geography 2 (1) 176-178.

1979 Maass A and Anderson R L (1978) ...And the Desert Shall Rejoice: Conflict, Growth, and Justice in Arid Environments, in Regional Studies 13 (4).

1979 Kowal L M and Kassam A H (1978) Agricultural Ecology of Savanna: Study of West Africa, in Geographical Journal 145, 478-479.

1984 Division of Soils CSIRO (1983) Soils: an Australian Viewpoint, in Journal of Arid Environments.

1985 El-Baz F (ed.) (1984) Deserts and Arid Lands, in International Journal of Remote Sensing, 6 (1) 263.

1994 Raschke E Stuhlmann R Palz W and Steemers T C (1991) A A Balkema Rotterdam.Solar Radiation Atlas of Africa: Global and Diffuse Radiation Fluxes at Ground Level Derived from Imaging Data of the Geostationary Satellite Meteosat 2, in International Journal of Remote Sensing.