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Emeritus Professor Antony Long

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Professor in the Department of Geography  
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost in the Vice-Chancellor's Office +44 (0) 191 33 46045
Professor , Sea Level, Ice and Climate  

Biography

I am an Emeritus Professor in Physical Geographer with research expertise in past and future sea-level change, with a particular interest in the Greenland Ice Sheet.

I retired from Durham University in January 2023, following a career that began as an undergraduate student (1985-1988) and ended as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost (2016-2022). In the latter role I had responsibility for helping to deliver the University's academic strategy. This included relocating academic departments and colleges from Queen's Campus to Durham City, the recruitment of 300 new academic staff, oversight of academic promotion and pay, as well as supporting efforts to make Durham a more diverse and inclusive community. 

Much of my time at Durham has been in the Geography Department, where I was privileged to serve twice as Head of Department. I was European lead of PALSEA2, a PAGES IGBP, INQUA, WUN working group that focused on using past changes in sea level and information about the Earth's cryosphere to constrain future sea-level rise. I have been Editor in Chief of Journal of Quaternary Science (2010-2014), Associate Editor of Quaternary Science Reviews and enjoyed Chairing the NERC Radiocarbon Facility Committee. I have been a long-term supporter of IGCP and INQUA coastal and sea-level projects, and was co-leader of the International Geoscience Programme IGCP Project 495 "Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: driving mechanisms and coastal responses".

My research interests lie in the following main areas:

  • Sea-level and glacial history of the polar ice sheets
  • Late Quaternary sea-level changes
  • Holocene coastal evolution
  • Sea-level change and climate in the North Atlantic

Research Projects

  • Constraining Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance Using Salt Marsh Sediment Sequences
  • Deglacial History of the Southeast Sector of the Greenland Ice Sheet During the Last Glacial Maximum, The
  • Geochronology and dynamics of the western sector of the Greenland Ice sheet during the Last Glacial Maximum, The
  • IGCP Project 495
  • Reconstructing Ice Sheet History Using Relative Sea-Level (RSL) Observations and Modelling
  • Streamlined Bedrock Terrain and Fast Ice Flow, Jakobshavns Isbrae, West Greenland: Implications for Ice Stream and Ice Sheet Dynamics
  • Swale-Ure Washlands Project, The

Awarded Grants

  • 2011: Late glacial sea level minima in the Western British Isles(£213103.78 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2011: Using Inter-Glacials to Assess Future Sea-Level Scenarios (iGlass)(£310216.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2009: North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium(£178674.13 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2007: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 4 (CLIMATE CHANGE)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2007: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 6 (RISK,SECURITY & TERROR)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: Constraining Greenland ice sheet mass balance usin(£123837.25 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 1 (VOLCANIC HAZARDS)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 2 (LANDSLIDE HAZARD)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 3 (CLIMATE CHANGE)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 5 (RISK AND TECHNOLOGY)(£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2005: DEPOSITIONAL AND LANDSCAPE HISTORIES OF DUNGENESS(£41453.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2004: A1 DISHFORTH TO BARTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE(£22479.17 from Amec Foster Wheeler Group Ltd)
  • 2004: HARTLEPOOL SUBMERGED FOREST PROJECT(£3650.00 from Hartlepool Borough Council)
  • 2003: CONTRACT TO DETERMINE THE LOCATION(£7950.00 from English Nature)
  • 2002: DEPOSITIONAL HISTORY OF DUNGENESS FORELAND(£190832.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2002: LATE QUATERNARY LANDSCAPE OF THE SWALE(£166851.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2002: RYE,ROMNEY MARSH,SUSSEX:EVOLUTION,ARCHAEOLOGY(£115787.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2001: CONTINENT(£60700.00 from European Commission)
  • 2000: BRIDGWATER BAY - LONG TERM STABILITY STUDY(£60445.00 from West Somerset District Council)
  • 2000: KANO-MARADI STUDY OF LONG TERM CHANGE(£2770.00 from )
  • 1999: ARCICE(£52362.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 1999: ICE SHEET DYNAMICS IN WEST GREENLAND(£85836.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Long, A.J. (2003). Past and future sea-level change in Yorkshire. In Global Warming: A Yorkshire Perspective. Atherden, M. PLACE Research Centre. 71-88.
  • Long, A.J., Scaife, R.G. & Edwards, R.G. (2000). Stratigraphic architecture, relative sea level, and models of estuary development in southern England: new data from Southampton Water. In Coastal and Estuarine Environments: Sedimentology, Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology. Pye, K. & Allen, J.R.L. Geological Society. 175: 253-279.
  • Long, A.J., Innes, J.B., Shennan, I. & Tooley, M.J. (1999). Coastal stratigraphy: a case study from Johns River, Washington. In The description and analysis of Quaternary stratigraphic field sections. Jones, A.P., Tucker, M.E. & Hart, J.K. Quaternary Research Association Technical Guide 7, Quarternary Research Association. 267-286.
  • Dix, J., Long, A.J. & Cook, R. (1998). The evolution of Rye Bay and the Dungeness Foreland: New evidence from the offshore record. In Romney Marsh: Environmetal Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph. 46: 1-12.
  • Long, A.J. & Innes, J.B. (1998). Midley Church Bank. In The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. Quaternary Reserach Association. 87.
  • Long, A.J., Waller, M.P., Hughes, P.D.M. & Spencer, C. (1998). Vegetation history and coastal evolution of Romney Marsh proper. In Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph. 46: 45-63.
  • Waller, M.P., Long, A.J., Long, D.J. & Innes, J.B. (1998). Walland Marsh: wetland vegetation dynamics, sea-level change and coastal evolution. In The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. Quaternary Research Association. 70-81.
  • Spencer, C., Plater, A.J. & Long, A.J. (1998). Holocene barrier estuary evolution: the sedimentary record of the Walland Marsh region. In Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Oxford University Committee for Achaeology Monograph. 46: 13-29.
  • Long, A.J. & Roberts, D.H. (1997). Sea-level change. In England's Coastal Heritage: A Survey for English Heritage and the RCHME. English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Fulford, M., Champion, T. & Long, A.J. Archaeological Report. 15: 25-49.
  • Long, A.J. & Innes, J.B. (1995). A palaeoenvironmental investigation of the Midley Sand, Roment Marsh, Kent. In Romney Marsh: the Debatable Ground. Eddison, J. 41: 37-50.
  • Plater, A.J. & Long, A.J. (1995). The morphology and evolution of Denge Beach and Denge Marsh, Romney Marsh. In Romney Marsh: the Debatable Ground. Eddison, J. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph Series. 41: 8-21.
  • Scaife, R.G. & Long, A.J. (1995). Evidence for Holocene sea-level changes at Caldicot Pill, the Seven Estuary. In Archaeology in the Seven estuary 1994. Annual report of the Seven Estuary Levels Research Committee. Bell, M. 81-86.
  • Long, A.J. (1995). Sea-level and crustal movements in the Thames estuary, Essex and East Kent. In The Quaternary of the Lower Thames: Field Guide. Bridgland, D.R., Allen, P. & Haggart, B.A. Quaternary Research Association. 99-105.
  • Long, A.J. (1990). The East Kent Fens. In Field Excursion Guide, IGCP Project 274 UK Working Group: Coastal Evolution of the Quaternary. Jennings, S.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Long, A.J. (1991). Holocene sea-level changes in the East Ken Fens. Durham University. PhD.

Edited book

  • Long, A.J., Hipkin, S. & Clarke, H. (2002). Romney Marsh: Coastal and Landscape Change Through the Ages. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 56. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. (1998). Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph 46. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. (1998). The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association.

Edited Journal

  • Gehrels, W.R. & Long, A.J. (2007). Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: Sea-Level Change, Sediments and Tsunami. Marine Geology, 242 (1-3): Elsevier.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Long, A.J., Dix, J.C., Lloyd Jones, D., Roberts, D.H., Kirby, R., Croudance, I.W., Cundy, A.B., Roberts, A. & Shennan, I. (2002). Bridgwater Bay - Long term stability study. 102pp.