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Research areas

Below are links to videos by students and staff describing some of our research areas.

Hugh Sinclair's Himalayan Research

Mikael Attal: sediment and erosion

Simon Mudd: the life and death of salt marshes

Ed Baynes' PhD research.

Recent research highlights

Coastal processes

Matt Kirwan and Simon Mudd showed that the carbon sequestration potential of salt marshes will begin to diminish by ~2050 as salt marshes begin to drown in response to projected sea level rise

Figure from Kirwan and Mudd Nature 2012

Storms and debris flows

Dan Hobley, Hugh Sinclair and Simon Mudd traced reconstructed a convective storm event in the Indian Himalaya by mapping debris flows and peak flow geometry. These can give insight into the nature of convective storms.

Figure from Hobley et al. Geology 2012

Modelling fluvial erosion

Mikael Attal and others examined how channel profiles respond to transient uplift using field observations and numberical modelling. They showed the importance of an erosion threshold in controlling channel profile evolution.

Figure from Attal et al. JGR-Earth Surface 2011

Hillslope metrics indicate erosion rates

Martin Hurst, Simon Mudd, Mikael Attal, Rachel Walcott and others used high resolution topographic data to show how ridgetop curvature (the change in topographic gradient at ridgetops, or how 'sharp' a ridge is) can be used to quantify local erosion rates, and exploited this to show how sediment transport differed on different bedrock lithologies in a field area in the Sierra Nevada of California.

Figure from Hurst et al. JGR-Earth Surface 2013