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Miss Sophie Kenmare

Research Postgraduate (PhD)

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Catchments and Rivers 
Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Hazards and Surface Change 


  • 2020 - present: PhD - Geomorphology, Durham University 
  • 2017 - 2020: BSc - Geography, Durham University (1st Class) 
    • Dissertation: Critical landslide-inducing rainfall conditions for large-scale landslides in Taiwan 2005-2013, as captured by Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) data 
Research Interests

My primary research focus involves understanding the interplay between Earth surface processes and weather conditions, particularly extreme rainfall events. I am interested in how landslide and rockfall inventories are temporally constrained, and how this temporal precision is used to constrain the role of weather conditions in driving rockfall. I am also interested in ‘extreme event legacy’ and how major storm events may serve to change critical landslide/rockfall initiation thresholds required to instigate future mass movements. 

My PhD aims to examine the role of precipitation and temperature as drivers of rockfall activity along a section of the North Yorkshire coastline, with an emphasis on how extreme weather may serve to modify rock slope behaviour. This entails the development of a novel workflow as part of an ongoing terrestrial LiDAR rock-surface monitoring campaign.