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Dr Ed Pope

Assistant Professor (Research)

BA, MPhil, PhD

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Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Geography401 
Assistant Professor (Research) of Hazards and Surface Change401 
Assistant Professor (Research) of Sea Level, Ice and Climate401 


2018 - 2021: Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Durham University

2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Durham University

2016 - 2017: PhD - Durham University

2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

2013 - 2016: PhD - National Oceanography Centre Southampton

2012 - 2013: MPhil - Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute

2009 - 2012: BA - Geography, University of Cambridge 

Current Research

I am a marine geologist interested in submarine mass movements including turbidity currents, debris flows and submarine landslides.

My research has mainly focussed on understanding the frequency and triggering mechanisms of these sediment density flows and quantification of the geohazard potential they pose. To achieve this I use a combination of field measurements, sedimentary deposits and records of damage to subsea infrastructure. These records have been used to identify the role of earthquakes, tropical cyclones, dilute river plumes, sea level change and ice sheet sedimentation as triggers of these flows in different areas around the world.

Using direct measurements of these flows, I also seek to understand what governs their dynamics and evolution. For example, is runout distance controlled by the initial failure volume or are flows such as turbidity currents driven by dense basal layers and is it the presence of these layers that allows flows to self-accelerate and runout for thousands of kilometres.

I also have an interest in the relationship between ice sheets and different types of submarine mass movements, particularly how the interplay between these processes can impact continental margin evolution.

Research interests

  • Frequency and triggers of submarine mass movements
  • Submarine geohazards
  • Ice sheet processes and histories


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