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Dr Michael Lim

Associate Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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My research is focused on the interactions between materials, environmental processes, landforms and infrastructure within challenging environments, with particular emphasis on slope behaviour.

My main area of expertise is on investigating the mechanisms that operate in coastal environments and how they interact to shape landforms, habitats and coastal communities. I am particularly interested in rocky coast geomorphology, and the advances enabled through new techniques capable of quantifying complex processes. I have developed and applied approaches to try and better understand slope systems and their relation to impacts in a wide range of environments, from Alpine slopes to the rocky coasts of Svalbard and permafrost thaw complexes in Canada. Much of this research informs my teaching on surveying skills, change detection and analysis, engineering geology, geotechnics and slope geomorphology, hazards and management.


Campus Address

Mechanical & Construction Engineering
Ellison Building, Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Geography PhD September 01 2003
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Arctic rock coast responses under a changing climate, Lim, M., Strzelecki, M., Kasprzak, M., Swirad, Z., Woodward, J., Gjelten, H. 1 Jan 2020, In: Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Improved non-contact 3D field and processing techniques to achieve macrotexture characterisation of pavements, Edmondson, V., Woodward, J., Lim, M., Kane, M., Martin, J., Shyha, I. 10 Dec 2019
  • A smart sewer asset information model to enable an ‘Internet of Things’ for operational wastewater management, Edmondson, V., Cerny, M., Lim, M., Gledson, B., Lockley, S., Woodward, J. 1 Jul 2018, In: Automation in Construction
  • Cost-effective erosion monitoring of coastal cliffs, Westoby, M., Lim, M., Hogg, M., Pound, M., Dunlop, L., Woodward, J. 8 May 2018, In: Coastal Engineering
  • Quantifying the mechanisms and wider impacts of accelerated erosion in ice-rich permafrost coasts, Lim, M., Whalen, D., Fraser, P., Warren, C., Kostylev, V., Malenfant, F., Clark, A., Moorman, B., Hayes, S., Mann, P. 14 Dec 2018
  • Characterisation of Recent Debris Flow Activity at the Rest and Be Thankful, Scotland, Sparkes, B., Dunning, S., Lim, M., Winter, M. 20 May 2017, Advancing Culture of Living with Landslides, Springer
  • Coastal road asset management: Dealing with uncertainty using quantitative erosion monitoring and modelling, Lim, M., Hogg, M., Westoby, M., Pound, M., Dunlop, L., Woodward, J. 5 Sep 2017
  • Cryo-conditioned rocky coast systems: A case study from Wilczekodden, Svalbard, Strzelecki, M., Kasprzak, M., Lim, M., Swirad, Z., Jaskólski, M., Pawłowski, Ł., Modzel, P. 31 Dec 2017, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • On the potential for a bottom active layer below coastal permafrost: the impact of seawater on permafrost degradation imaged by electrical resistivity tomography (Hornsund, SW Spitsbergen), Kasprzak, M., Strzelecki, M., Traczyk, A., Kondracka, M., Lim, M., Migała, K. 11 Jun 2016, In: Geomorphology
  • Multidecadal (1960–2011) shoreline changes in Isbjørnhamna (Hornsund, Svalbard), Zagórski, P., Rodzik, J., Moskalik, M., Strzelecki, M., Lim, M., Błaszczyk, M., Promińska, A., Kruszewksi, G., Styszyńska, A., Malczewski, A. Dec 2015, In: Polish Polar Research

PGR Supervision

  • Samuel Hayes Massive Ice and Coastal Permafrost Dynamics in the Western Canadian Arctic Start: 01/10/2016
  • Luca Righetti Start: 06/08/2018
  • Bradley Sparkes A monitoring and modelling led investigation into the debris flow geohazard in the west of Scotland Start: 15/09/2015


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