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Professor Nick Rosser

Professor

BSc (Hons) 1st Class (Dunelm), PhD (Dunelm)


Affiliations
AffiliationRoom numberTelephone
Professor of Department of Geography319+44 (0) 191 33 41918
Professor of Hazards and Surface Change319+44 (0) 191 33 41918
Management Board Member of Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience +44 (0) 191 33 41918

Biography

Research interests

My primary research is focused upon the recognition of the role of material deformation characteristics in controlling the spatial and temporal nature of rockfalls and landslides. Using data collected both in the laboratory and in the field, I am interested in exploring theoretical models which underpin recent developments in the understanding the mechanics of slope failure. My research is most often end-user focussed, with an emphasis on risk management which broadly considers when, why, where and how landslides occur. My recent research has focussed in two areas: earthquake-triggered landsliding; and, the development and use of 3D time-series terrestrial imaging techniques to monitor slope failure at unprecedented levels of spatial and temporal detail.

I am currently PI on series of projects that enable my research group to pursue these interests. For example, I lead the long term Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA) research collaboration that runs in partnership with ICL Fertilizers (UK) Ltd, conducting fundamental research on rock slope failure, coastal evolution and deep mining in North Yorkshire, UK. I also lead a project focussed around providing a rolling assessment of the evolution of landslide risk in the area impacted by the 2015 Nepal earthquakes, working with DFID-Nepal and the National Society for Earthquake Technology (Kathmandu)

Research video

A short video (2014) summarising some of my research is available on Youtube.

Research interests

  • Landslide hazard and risk
  • Rock slope failure
  • 3D terrestrial monitoring
  • Rock coast evolution

Research Projects

  • Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA)
  • Monitoring Programme for the Whitby TV Mast Site

Awarded Grants

  • 2017: Earthquake triggered landsliding in Nepal: NERC / DFID SHEAR
  • 2017: Harnessing 'citizen science' to reinforce resilience to environmental disasters
  • 2016: Automatic Detection and Early Warning of Landslide Hazard in South Asia
  • 2016: Cowbar Nab Coastal Monitoring 2016-2019, Scarborough Borough Council
  • 2015: Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (2015 -)
  • 2014: Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (2014 - 19)
  • 2012: Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (2012 - 15)
  • 2012: Real time 4D monitoring of actively failing rockslopes, 3DLM Ltd, 2012 - 15. KTP Award
  • 2011: Cowbar Coastal Monitoring and Environmental Data, R&CBC, 2011 - 15
  • 2008: Analogue modelling of brittle failure in landslides, NERC - Young Investigator Grant
  • 2008: Whitby coastal strategy, Royal Haskoning UK Ltd
  • 2006: 4D monitoring of Whitby East Cliff, National Grid Wireless

Publications

Chapter in book

  • Pradhan, S., Toll, D.J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2020). Field monitoring of soil-moisture to understand the hydrological response of a road-cut slope. In 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020). Cardoso, R., Jommi, C. & Romero, E. EDP Sciences. 195: 01029.
  • de Vilder, S.J., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J. & Vann Jones, E.C. (2017). Forensic rockfall scar analysis: Development of a mechanically correct model of rockfall failure. In Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice. De Graff, J.V. & Shakoor, A. Zanesville, Ohio: Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). 829-839.
  • Whadcoat, S.K., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J. & Hardy, R.J. (2017). Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Rockfalls in Hard Rock Coastal Cliffs. In Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice. De Graff, J.V. & Shakoor, A. Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). 633 - 644.
  • Benjamin, J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2016). Rockfall detection and volumetric characterisation using LiDAR. In Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Experience, Theory and Practice. Aversa, S., Cascini, L., Picarelli, L. & Scavia, C. CRC Press. 389 - 396.
  • Norman, E.C., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Brain, M.J. (2010). Exploring the relationship between tidal duration and energy delivery to a coastal cliff. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Parker, R., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L. & Whadcoat, S. (2010). Mapping and monitoring the spatial distribution of landslide hazards induced by the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N., Petley, D., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Norman, E. (2010). Dynamic rock strength in coastal rock cliffs. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, London.
  • Rosser, N.J. (2010). Analogue modelling of the evolution of brittle slope failures. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Karim, D., Wali, S. Ali, Nasab, N. & Shaban, K. (2010). Non-seismic landslide hazards along the Himalayan Arc. In Geologically Active. Willians, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press. 143 - 154.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Norman, E.C. (2010). Rock mass strength response to dynamic loading in hard rock coastal cliffs. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Parker, R.N., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L. & Petley, D.N. (2009). Automated landslide detection algorithms to investigate controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Next Generation Research on Earthquake-induced Landslides. Taiwan:
  • Oven, K.J., Petley, D.N., Rigg, J.R, Dunn, C.E. & Rosser, N.J. (2008). Landscape, livelihoods and risk: A study of community vulnerability to landslide events in Central Nepal. In Climate change and disaster risk reduction. Aryal, K.R. & Gadema, Z. Disaster and Development Centre, School of Applied Science, Northumbria University: 94-102.
  • Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2007). Terrestrial laser scanning for quantitative rockfall hazard assessment. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam: A.T. Balkema.
  • Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Ball, S. (2007). The surface expression of strain accumulation in failing rock masses. In Rock Mechanics: Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands: Proceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, 27–31 May 2007. Eberhardt, E., Stead, D. & Morrison, T. Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
  • Dunning, S.A., Petley, D.N. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). Structural and geometrical mapping of unstable slopes using terrestrial laser scanning - a basis for numerical modelling. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes, Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Public Works. 181 - 208.
  • Petley, D.N., Dunning, S.A., Rosser, N.J. & Kausar, A-B. (2006). Incipient landslides in the Jhelum Valley, Pakistan following the 8th October 2005 earthquake. In Disaster mitigation of debris flows, slope failures and landslides. Frontiers in Science Series. Marui, H. Tokyo, Japan: Universal Academy Press. 47 - 56.
  • Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N. & Dunning, S.A. (2006). Towards forecasting the timing and geometry of rock slope failures. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kaula Lumpur: Public Works Department. 57 - 74.
  • Dunning, S.A., Petley, D.N., Strom, A.L. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). The morphologies and sedimentology of valley confined rock-avalanche deposits and their effect on Landslide Risk Management. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam: Balkema. 691-704.
  • Petley, D.N., Oven, K., Mitchell, W., Rosser, N.J. & Dunning, S.A. (2006). The role of global and regional precipitation patterns in landslide generation. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Public Works. 249 - 268.
  • Petley, D. N., Dunning, S. A. & Rosser, N. J (2005). The analysis of global landslide risk through the creation of a database of worldwide landslide fatalities. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Eberhardt, E. Leiden: Balkema. 367-374.
  • Petley, D.N., Higuchi, T., Dunning, S., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.J., Bulmer, M.H.K. & Carey, J. (2005). A new model for the development of movement in progressive landslides. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam.: Balkema.
  • Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2005). The application of a terrestrial laser scanning technique for quantitative rockfall hazard assessment. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam.: Balkema.

Conference Paper

  • Rosser, N.J., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2009), Monitoring and modelling deformation on failing slopes: implication for understanding landslide failure, Proceedings of the World Landslide Forum Satellite Conference, Sendai, Japan The World Landslide Forum Satellite Conference. Sendai, Japan, Japan Landslide Society.
  • Rosser, N.J. & Petley, D.N. (2008), Monitoring and modeling of slope movement on rock cliffs prior to failure, in Chen, Z., Zhang, J.M., Li, Z.K., Wu, F.Q. & Ho, K. eds, 10th International Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes. Xian, People's Republic of China, CRC Press Taylor-Francis, Boca Raton, 1265-1271.

Conference Proceeding

  • Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Mitchell, W. & Kausar, A-B. (2007). Earthquake induced ground deformation caused by the Mw = 7.6 Kashmir Earthquake.
  • Petley, D.N. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). On the mechanics of a typhoon-induced landslide.

Journal Article

Supervision students