Contact Dr Timothy Farewell

Areas of expertise

  • Digital Agriculture
  • Energy Asset Management
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Natural capital
  • Soil
  • Soil Resources
  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Timothy Farewell is a data scientist who brings intense creativity and zest to solving real world problems. Tim spends much of his time helping organisations understand (and then minimise) negative impacts from the dynamic interactions between geohazards and the built environment.


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".


Tim is a dynamic communicator, and his ability to clearly explain complex science to non-specialists has led to the ongoing use of his work by most water companies and many financial institutions in the UK. He helps these organisations to make better decisions through the use of cleaned and interpreted spatiotemporal environmental data.


Dr Farewell helps water and gas distribution companies serve their customers better by enabling them to predict where and when their pipes are most likely to fail. 

He enables banks and insurance companies to better understand the changing risk profile for their assets under more extreme climates. The developments he has led in Cranfield University's Natural Perils Directory (NPD) subsidence models has resulted in a dramatic growth in the use of these model in the financial services industry.


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, and communication, of complex environmental-infrastructure interactions.


Current activities

Current research theme areas:

Financial Sector: The impact of climate change on subsidence, ground movement and flooding.

Water Industry: Predicting where and when pipes are most likely to fail. 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.


Dr Farewell works with a large number of commercial clients, including:

Most UK Water Companies
Many Insurance Companies
Environment Agency
Local Government
Data Aggregators
Geohazard report builders


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • 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.