• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 140 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


  • PhD Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2006
  • MSc Earth Science, Open University, 2016
  • MA Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton, 2002
  • BA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2001

Research Interests

My research investigates the impact of past and present environmental change on the historic environment. Understanding how the historic environment has changed and how it may change in the future are key to developing effective management strategies which ensure that it remains a valuable scientific, economic and cultural resource for future generations. This is done principally through the application of GIS and remote sensing. Key themes addressed include:

1. Rapid coastal zone assessment using remote sensing to identify and characterise archaeological sites, map the surrounding environment and detect natural or anthropogenic impacts.

2. Investigating the impact of sea-level rise and coastal erosion on archaeological sites through application of GIS-based assessment and monitoring techniques.

3. Reconstructing Quaternary palaeo-landscapes inundated by sea-level rise using geophysical and geotechnical data integrated in GIS.

4. Investigating submerged shipwrecks with marine geophysical techniques (e.g. multibeam sonar) to acquire high-resolution imagery of the wrecks themselves and their surrounding environment.

Teaching Interests

Although employed primarily as a researcher, I have previously taught aspects of coastal and marine science across the Marine Science, Environmental Science and Geography undergraduate programmes at Ulster University.

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 140 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 16 Article
  • 11 Chapter

Optimising protocols for high-definition imaging of historic shipwrecks using multibeam echosounder

Westley, K., Plets, R., Quinn, R., McGonigle, C., Sacchetti, F., Dale, M., McNeary, R. & Clements, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. 11, 7, p. 3629-3645

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
shoreline change
systems analysis
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access

Irish Sea and Atlantic Margin

Westley, K. & Edwards, R., May 2017, Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Palaeoenvironments. Flemming, N., Harff, J., Moura, D., Burgess, A. & Bailey, G. (eds.). p. 241-280

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The North Sea

Cohen, K., Westley, K., Erkens, G., Hijma, M. & Weerts, H., May 2017, Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Palaeoenvironments. Flemming, N., Harff, J., Moura, D., Burgess, A. & Bailey, G. (eds.). p. 147-186

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter