Qualifications and Experience

Colin Ware Mitchell, Ph.D.

Geomorphology, Geology of Soils


1970 Ph.D., Cambridge University

1956 Certificate in Soil Science Aberdeen

1952 MCD Liverpool

1952 M.A., Geography, Oxford

B.A. Oxford

Undergraduate work Harvard.


44 years experience as a soil scientist and land evaluation specialist with 30 years of experience in the use of remote sensing. Work has often been associated with hydrological surveys for irrigation development and land conservation studies. Several months experience in specialized hydrological and erosion surveys. This has involved acting as a specialist consultant about 25 times, including, apart from time in the UK, long term assignments in Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, Italy, and Morocco, and short-term assignments in 12 other countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia.

22 years of the above period was spent in university teaching and research.

4 years of the above period was spent in project management and 2 months in an appraisal of national policy (Ethiopia).

April 1998 Represented British National Space Centre on the Drought Hazard at meeting on Hazard Stategies as part of the international Committee for Earth Observation Satellites programme, called Integrated Global Observation Strategy (CEOS/IGOS), in Washington DC

August 1996- Present. Employed by Goldwell Farm, Biddenden, Kent, on assessment of satellite photography in connection with claim for agricultural subsidy on EU agricultrual 'Setaside' program.

December 1993-March 1994 UK

Employed by SERCo Limited for the Defence Research Agency (now DERA) of the UK Ministry of Defence as Consultant on value of satellite technology and imagery. We made a comprehensive report on the position at that time.

1975 (1 month), 1989 (April-May) JORDAN

Consultant (1975) to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) on land system survey and (1989) to Hunting Technical Services Limited on the soil and land mapping project of the country using satellite imagery.

August 1988- April 1989 LIBYA

Consultant to Nigel Press Associates on the interpretation of satellite imagery for road alignment in Libya; and to Minster Agriculture Limited, subcontractors to Brown & Root (UK) Limited as consultant on soil irrigability on Libya's "Great Man-Made River Project." Recommended areas for irrigation.

1986 (1 month) ETHIOPIA

Consultant & Member of 3-man FAO/Ethiopian Government Evaluation Mission on the national "Land Use Planning Project." We made comprehensive recommendations on ways of developing the project.

1979, 1986, 1989 (1 month on each occasion) CHINA

Teaching applications of remote sensing to soil research and land development a the UN/FAO Seminar on Remote Sensing at Beijing 1979; on "FAO/Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region National Training Course on Land Use and Land Use Potential Mapping Using Remote Sensing" in Lhasa 1986; visiting professor at Peking and Nanjing Universities 1989. On both projects instructed in latest methods of land evaluation and the applications of satellite imagery to them.

1983-5 (an aggregate period of 2 months) SAUDI ARABIA

Consultant to Cobham Resource Consultants, Oxford on soil survey for wastewater reuse in Qassim Province.

June-August 1983 NAMIBIA

Consultant to FAO in charge of producing land use potential map of Namibia from satellite imagery at 1:4,000,000. All done at office in Rome.

1982 (1 month) YEMEN (PDR)

Consultant for FAO on "Applications of satellite remote sensing for land and water resources appraisal".

1981 (1 month) INDONESIA

Consultant to FAO on "The application of remote sensing to land resource evaluation with emphasis on the outer Islands", Bogor.


Consultant to FAO on applications of Landsat imagery to soil degradation mapping of the world, including 2 expert consultations.

1971-1976 AUSTRALIA (2 months), ARGENTINA (1 month)

Consultant to UK Department of Trade and Industry on the evaluation of Skylark Rocket imagery taken over Woomera, Australia, and Mercedes, Argentina.

1974 (1 month) IRAN

Consultant for APG Integrated Projects Limited (Booker Group), Reading, on soil investigations for the Eghlid Sugar Company.


Lecturer in Geography at Reading University. Main topics covered were soil science, terrain evaluation, resource assessment, and development of arid lands. Led University Expeditions to the Moroccan Sahara in 1969, 1971, 1972, 1972, and field classes supervising research projects in soils and land potential approximately annually in Morocco, Algeria, Spain, Tunisia, and/or southern Italy 1973-1984. Holder of research contracts for "studies of solution/deflation hollows in calcareous rocks in arid areas" for the Natural Environmental Research Council 1971-1774, and for studying the "validity of long-range predictions of properties of desert terrain" 1975-1976. Special responsibilities included administration of field classes, notably all in North Africa and a number in Europe and UK; was on management committee for University of Reading Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Centre 1979-1982.


Research Fellow on desert terrain evaluation at the Cambridge University School of Agriculture. This included field work in the USA and the technical direction and leadership of expeditions to Libya, Socotra, Abdul Kuri, Bahrein and the United Arab Emirates.

Sept 1959-June 1961 PAKISTAN

Team leader for Hunting Technical Services Limited on Lower Indus Project for 12 months on soil survey for reclamation of salty and waterlogged areas and for 5 months on well-logging using spontaneous potential, point resistivity, and long and short multiple electrode logging methods to determine aquifers and the salinity of groundwater to 150 metres; advised on tube well planning.

1962 (1 month) TANZANIA

Soil surveyor for Hunting Technical Services Limited on Pangani Valley Development Project.

Sept 1956-May 1963, 1984 (2 months) IRAQ

Team leader for Hunting Technical Services Limited for soil and drainage surveys and land evaluation in:

Lower Diyala area 1956-7

Middle Diyala area 1957

Middle Tigris area 1957-8

Kirkuk area 1958-9

Mandali-Badrah area 1962 & 1965.

Consultant to FAO on land system survey of northern Iraq to accompanuy snow resouces survey, 1984.

1957 (1 month) KENYA

Soil surveyor for Hunting Technical Services Limited on Lodwar Flood Irrigation Soil Survey for Mau Mau resettlement.

April-June1956 SCOTLAND

Assistant to Scottish Soil Survey in Ayrshire.

Oct 1952-April 1955, Oct 1962-April 1963, 1973 (1 month) SUDAN

Soil surveyor for Sudan Government. This included soil surveys in Northern Province: Atbara and Merowe-Kerma areas; Blue Nile Province: Western Gezira for Manaqil Extension and proposed pump schemes at Er Renk, Zuleit, and Jebelein; Kassala Province: Atbara River Diversion Scheme for resettlement of Wadi Halfa population; Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal Provinces: local reconnaissances; Equatoria Province: soil surveys at Yambio, Yei, Lafon, and Keripi, 1952-5.

Team leader and business manager for Hunting Technical Services Limited on soil survey for Roseires dam development scheme 1962-3.

Consultant to FAO on applications of remote sensing to Sudan Savannah Project, 1973.

Languages: French - working knowledge, Arabic and German - basic.

Faith and Science: Dr Mitchell has been involved in lecturing and writing on the relationship between science and Christian faith for about 30 years, with special emphasis on the creation/evolution issue. This has included a number of articles in church papers and the book The Case for Creationism, first published by the Stanborough Press in 1994.



1973 Terrain Evaluation, Longmans , London, 2nd edition, 1991.

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.

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.

1999 Creationism Revisited, Stanborough Press, Grantham, Lincs.

Journal articles and reports

1954 with T N Jewitt: Methods of soil survey in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, Transactions of the International Congress of Soil Science, Brazzaville, Congo.

1955 Soil survey of a sample area in Equatoria: Yambio Experimental Farm, Sudan Government Miscellaneous Paper no 74, Khartoum.

1959 Investigations into the soils and agriculture of the Lower Diyala area of eastern Iraq, Geographical Journal, 125, 390-397.

1960 with P E Naylor: Investigations into the soils and agriculture of the Middle Diyala area of eastern Iraq, Geographical Journal, 128, 469-475.

Had part responsibility in 1956-63 for writing about 12 Hunting Technical Services Limited reports for clients in which I was responsible for the soil survey sections. Areas covered included parts of Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya,. and Tanzania.

1966 with R M S Perrin: The subdivision of world hot deserts into physiographic units, Actes du IIe Symposium International de Photo-Interprétation, International Society of Photogrammetry, Sorbonne, Paris.

1969 Joint editor with S G Willimott and P M Blaikie of Report of the Reading University Expedition to Moroccan Sahara 1969, Geography Department, Reading University.

1970 The interpretation of dayas on aerial photographs of arid areas, Berichte des Internationalen Symposiums für Photo-Interpretation in der Deutsche Demokratischen Republik, International Society of Photogrammetry, Dresden, 10-16/9/79, 507-517.

1971 Photo-Interpretation, Photogrammetric Record, 7 (37), 87-89.

1971 An appraisal of a hierarchy of desert land units, Geoforum, 7, 69-79.

1971 editor, with S G Willimott: Report of the Reading University Expedition to Moroccan Sahara 1971, Geography Department, Reading University.

1972 with P H T Beckett, R Webster, & G McNeil: Terrain evaluation by means of a data bank, Geographical Journal, 138 (4) 430-456.

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 N Mutter and G Evans for Integrated Projects Limited (Booker Group): Pre-investment Study Agro-industrial Project, Eghlid, Fars Province, Iran.

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.

1974 with R A G Savigear, J R Hardy, R B Ridgway, & A HJ Parsons: Rocket photography for earth resources surveys, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 27, 359-372.

1975 The application of Landsat imagery to the Sudan Savanna Project, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 28 (9 & 10), 659-672.

1977 Letter about article by S W Williams on internal colonialism, Area, 10 (1) (or 2).

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: Final Summary Report on the Application of Landsat Imagery to Soil Degradation Mapping at 1:5,000,000, FAO AGLT Bulletin 2/78, Rome.

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 Remote Sensing Report for Land Resources Evaluation with Emphasis on Outer Islands, FAO Project INS/78/006, Technical Note No 6, Bogor, Indonesia.

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.

1981 The Flanders-Somme battlefield in World War 1, Reading Geographer, Department of Geography, Reading University, 8, 43-46.

1981 Studies of Jebel Tebaga, Tunisia, Reading Geographer, Geography Department, University of Reading, 8, 73-92.

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 was member of Working Party which produced Land surface evaluation for engineering practise, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, 16, 265-316.

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.

1985 Soils and agriculture of the Sahara: a review, Scientific Reviews on Arid Zone Research, Jodhpur, India, Vol 3, 115-127.

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.

1993 Islamic beliefs and agricultural development programmes, in Hole J and Schantz B (eds.) The Three Angels and the Crescent: A Reader, SDA Global Centre for Islamic Studies, Newbold College, Bracknell, Berkshire, 83-93.

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.

1978 Obituary on Dr S G Willimott in Geographical Journal 144, 182-183.

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.

1991 Obituary for Professor Lin Chao in Geographical Journal.

1993 Some geographical and astronomical evidences for the New Testament text, Faith and Thought, Victoria Institute, London, Bulletin 14, 3-5.

1997 Textus Receptus or Alexandrian Text? Faith and Thought, Victoria Institute, London, 21, 4-9.

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.

1980-1989 Letters in Remote Sensing Society News and Letters, mainly on remote sensing topics to do with arid zone.

1970-1998. Articles on the creation/evolution issue in Seventh-Day Adventist journals


Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) with Institute of British Geographers

Honorary Fellow of Remote Sensing Society (FRSSoc) (ex-Treasurer, ex-Vice Chairman, ex-International Affairs Secretary)

Former member of various Soil Science and Tropical Agriculture societies and professional groups.