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Hazards and Surface Change

The principal aim of the Hazards and Surface Change cluster is to advance holistic approaches to understanding hazards as the outcome of recurrent or chronic physical processes that occur within specific societal settings, rather than as one-off events. In particular, we are focused on three interrelated challenges:

(1) Understanding the physical mechanisms of mass movements, coupling novel laboratory and field-based approaches with numerical modelling, to allow assessment of slope stability at societally-relevant scales.

(2) Quantitative estimation of the long-term and large-scale effects of mass movements on the sediment and terrestrial carbon cycles, including systematic assessment of how debris flows and earthquake-triggered landslides mobilise and transport sediment and organic carbon in montane environments.

(3) Investigation of how scientific understanding of hazards - particularly around earthquakes, mass movements, and sea-level change - is used in decision-making and management processes - in particular, how ‘expert’ and local knowledge of hazards and surface change can coexist and inform both policy and practice.

Cluster Members

Staff Name Research Interest
Mike Bentley Antarctic environmental history, sea-level change, glacial geomorphology
Matt Brain Engineering geomorphology, sediment compaction, coastal geomorphology, landslide mechanics
Isabela Bovolo Tropical hydro-climatology, Hydrology, Climate and Climate Change
Dave Bridgland Fluvial history, Quaternary, Palaeontology/Archaeology
Fiona Clubb Tectonic and fluvial geomorphology, Topographic analysis, Landscape evolution
Nick Cox Statistical applications in Geography (e.g. geomorphology, hydrology, climatology)
Alex Densmore Mountain building, Earthquakes, Landsliding, Hazard-risk-resilience
Danny Donoghue Airborne and satellite remote sensing, Remote sensing for archaeology, forestry and coastal change
Simon Engelhart Sea-level change, Earthquake induced Tsunami/Storm Surge/Vertical Land Motion, Holocene
Rich Hardy Open channel hydraulics, Sediment transport, Numerical modelling
Rebecca Hodge Fluvial geomorphology, Sediment transport, Numerical modelling
Luke Jackson Sea-level change, Coastal Impacts, Climate Change
Stewart Jamieson Glacial geomorphology, Ice stream dynamics, Landscape evolution
Helen Mackay Human-Environement Interactions, Biomarkers, Sediment archives
Erin McClymont Past Environmental and Climate Change, Organic Geochemistry
Glenn McGregor Synoptic climatology, Biometeorology, Hydroclimatology, Climate and society
Nick Rosser Rockfalls/landslides, Deformation, Risk
Chris Stokes Glaciers, Climate Change, Ice stream dynamics, Antarctica
Pete Talling Submarine Geohazards, Ocean dynamics
Laura Turnbull-Lloyd Ecohydrology and ecogeomorphology, land degradation, drylands, connectivity
John Wainwright Human-Environment Interactions, Hydrology, Geomorphology
Jeff Warburton Fluvial geomorphology, Mountain sediment systems, Geocryology