Areas of expertise
- Energy Asset Management
- Environment and Health
- Environmental Impacts
- Soil Resources
- Digital Agriculture
- Natural capital
- Water Science & Engineering
Dr Timothy Farewell is a geospatial soil and environmental scientist specialising in the dynamic interactions between geohazards and critical infrastructure. He holds a first class Geology degree from the University of Durham, a Masters in Geographic Information Management from Cranfield University from where he also was also awarded a PhD in "Innovative Methods of Soil Parent Material Mapping".
Dr Farewell has worked at Cranfield University since 2003, and his academic career has developed as a result of his wide-ranging knowledge transfer work with the utilities industry and financial services, as well as government agencies. He has helped these organisations to understand and make use of (previously opaque) soil maps and complex spatiotemporal environmental data to enhance their decision making processes.
The advancements that Dr Farewell has contributed to the geospatial environmental models for pipe fracture potential and corrosivity to iron are being actively used by most water companies in England and Wales. The developments he has led in Cranfield University's Natural Perils Directory (NPD) climate adjusted clay related subsidence models has resulted in a dramatic growth in the use of these model in the insurance and reinsurance industry both in the UK and internationally. This successful transfer of research into practice is characteristic of much of Dr Farewell's work. On the basis of his work with these organisations, he is convinced of the need to better the understanding of the often complex environmental-infrastructure interactions.
Current activitiesCurrent research theme areas:
Financial Sector: Subsidence, ground movement and flooding.
Water Industry: Environmental impacts on assets, and asset management planning, sewer flooding, pipe vulnerabilities to corrosion or fracture, climate change.
Government: enabling effective soils-related decision making by non-soil scientists working for the Crown, Executive Agencies, local and regional governments and related organisations.
Dr Farewell also has an interest in modelling the unmapped layer between geology and soil. Other research areas: environmental costs and benefits of land management options, peatland sustainability, diffuse heavy metal pollution, archaeological artefact preservation potentials, health and the environment.
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- Most UK Water Companies
- Many Insurance and Reinsurance Companies
- Environment Agency
- Local Government.
Articles In Journals
- Arrouays D, Leenaars JGB, Richer-de-Forges AC, Adhikari K, Ballabio C, Greve M, Grundy M, Guerrero E, Hempel J, Hengl T, Heuvelink G, Batjes N, Carvalho E, Hartemink A, Hewitt A, Hong S-Y, Krasilnikov P, Lagacherie P, Lelyk G, Libohova Z, Lilly A, McBratney A, McKenzie N, Vasquez GM, Mulder VL, Minasny B, Montanarella L, Odeh I, Padarian J, Poggio L, Roudier P, Saby N, Savin I, Searle R, Solbovoy V, Thompson J, Smith S, Sulaeman Y, Vintila R, Rossel RV, Wilson P, Zhang G-L, Swerts M, Oorts K, Karklins A, Feng L, Ibelles Navarro AR, Levin A, Laktionova T, Dell'Acqua M, Suvannang N, Ruam W, Prasad J, Patil N, Husnjak S, Pásztor L, Okx J, Hallet S, Keay C, Farewell T, Lilja H, Juilleret J, Marx S, Takata Y, Kazuyuki Y, Mansuy N, Panagos P, Van Liedekerke M, Skalsky R, Sobocka J, Kobza J, Eftekhari K, Alavipanah SK, Moussadek R, Badraoui M, Da Silva M, Paterson G, da Conceição Gonçalves M, Theocharopoulos S, Yemefack M, Tedou S, Vrscaj B, Grob U, Kozák J, Boruvka L, Dobos E & Taboada M (2017) Soil legacy data rescue via GlobalSoilMap and other international and national initiatives, GeoResJ, 14 1-19.
- North M, Farewell T, Hallett S & Bartelle A (2017) Monitoring the response of roads and railways to seasonal soil movement with persistent scatterers interferometry over six UK sites, Remote Sensing, 9 (9).
- Farewell TS, Jude S & Pritchard O (2017) The influence of soil on the impacts of burst water mains on infrastructure and society: a mixed methods investigation, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Under review.
- Pritchard OG, Hallett SH & Farewell TS (2015) Probabilistic soil moisture projections to assess Great Britain's future clay-related subsidence hazard, Climatic Change, 133 (4) 635-650.
- Pritchard OG, Hallett SH & Farewell TS (2015) Soil geohazard mapping for improved asset management of UK local roads, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15 3151-3180.
- Graves A, Morris J, Deeks L, Rickson RJ, Kibblewhite M, Harris J, Farewell T & Truckle I. (2015) The total costs of soil degradation in England and Wales, Ecological Economics, 119 399-413.
- Pritchard OG, Farewell TS & Hallett SH (2015) Enhanced visualization of the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fenlands, Geology Today, 31 (5) 187-192.
- Pritchard O, Hallett SH & Farewell T (2014) Cracking the problem: Soil impacts on Lincolnshire roads (https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/Geoscientist/Archive/March-2014/Cracking-up-in-Lincolnshire), Geoscientist, 24 (2) 14-19.
- Pritchard OG, Hallett SH & Farewell TS (2014) Soil impacts on UK infrastructure: current and future climate, Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, 167 (4) 170-184.
- Farewell TS, Farewell VT & Farewell DM (2013) Assessing measures of map value for thematic maps with sparse data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (8) 2655-2671.
- Gallego-Sala AV, Clark JM, House JI, Orr HG, Prentice IC, Smith P, Farewell TS & Chapman SJ (2010) Application of a global bioclimatic envelope model to assess the impact of climate change on the distribution of blanket peatlands in Great Britain, Climate Research, 45 (1) 151-162.
- Farewell TS & Farewell DM (2010) Knowledge-based soil attribute mapping in GIS: corrections and extensions to the Expector method, Transactions in GIS, 14 (2) 183-192.
- Clark JM, Gallego-Sala AV, Chapman S, Farewell TS, Freeman C, House J, Lawley R, Orr HG, Prentice IC & Smith P (2010) Assessing the vulnerability of blanket peat in Great Britain to climate change using an ensemble of statistical bioclimatic envelope models, Climate Research, 45 (1) 131-150.
- Keay CA, Hallett SH, Farewell TS, Rayner AP & Jones RJA (2009) Moving the National Soil Database for England and Wales (LandIS) towards INSPIRE Compliance, International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research, 4 (1) 134-155.
- Farewell TS (2006) Review: LEGROS, J.-P. 2006. Mapping of the Soil., Geological Magazine, 143 (4) 551-552.
- Hallett JS, Partridge M, James SW, Tiwaria D, Farewell T, Hallett SH & Tatam RP (2017) Soil moisture content measurement using optical fiber long period gratings. In: 25th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, Jeju, 24-28 April 2017.
- Pritchard OJ, Hallett SH & Farewell SH Soil-related geohazard assessments for maintaining the UK's minor road network. In: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015 , Vienna, 12 April 2015.
- Whiteley M & Farewell TS (2011) Geology, soils and plant communities in Bedfordshire. In: The New Flora of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Natural History Society, p. 11-22.