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Principal Numerical Modeller, British Geological Survey

I am a numerical modeller and lead for Smart Observing Systems at BGS. My research is focussed on mathematically representing geomorphological and hydrological processes so that they may: be better understood; contribute to an improved baseline; predict the future state of a system. The latter is particularly important in today’s rapidly changing environment. I have developed specialist skills in representing Earth systems through the coupling of numerical models, in particular for assessing the impacts of future climate change on the geo-environment. Recently this research has focussed on two main areas, coastal morphodynamics and terrestrial landscape evolution. The ability to understand, simulate and quantitatively assess sediment transport processes forms the underpinning for both of these research strands.

In the terrestrial environment I have an interest in the impacts of fluvial and pluvial flow on sediment transport, erosion and deposition. I've also a keen interest in the physical anthropogenic impacts on catchment-scale sediment transport, undertaking regional impact studies in India, Ethiopia, France and the UK. During my career I have worked on a wide range of activities, specialising in: atmospheric boundary layer dynamics; surface water and groundwater simulation; assessment of climate change impacts on environmental systems; mesoscale landscape evolution modelling; run-time coupling of environmental models; high performance computing (HPC); centennial scale coastal morphodynamics; and near-surface atmospheric CO2 measurement techniques.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Numerical modeller, British Geological Survey

Education

  • 2009 
    Salford University, PhD
  • 2004 
    The University of Manchester, MEarthSci

Publications

  • 2021
    A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems, Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • 2021
    The Coastline Evolution Model 2D (CEM2D) V1. 1, Geoscientific Model Development
  • 2021
    Applying ground gas and gas flux monitoring techniques to low-enthalpy, shallow geothermal energy exploration, Geothermics
  • 2020
    Assessing Socio-hydrological Resilience in Urban Metropolitan Environments: A Mexican Perspective, Water Availability and Management in Mexico
  • 2020
    Using near-surface atmospheric measurements as a proxy for quantifying field-scale soil gas flux, Geoscientific Instrumentation
  • 2020
    Application of portable streamer traps for obtaining point measurements of total longshore sediment transport rates in mixed sand and gravel beaches, Coastal Engineering
  • 2020
    Towards integrated flood inundation modelling in groundwater-dominated catchments, Journal of Hydrology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Community integration with weather-related hazard adaption and mitigation in Vietnam
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Council
  • 2021
    Hydrological Characterization of Boracay Island’s Groundwater System and Nabaoy Watershed using Isotope and Nuclear-based Analytical Techniques
    Role:
    Co Investigator
    Funding Source:
    DOST
  • 2021
    Comprehensive Water Resources Assessment and Management Plan for Nabaoy River Watershed and Boracay Island
    Role:
    Co Investigator
    Funding Source:
    DOST
  • 2020
    Sensitivity of Estuaries to Climate Hazards (SEARCH)
    Role:
    BGS Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council
  • 2020
    Adaptation and socio-hydrological resilience in the peri-urban environment of Mexico City: Artificial Wetlands
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Council
  • 2019
    Philippines Groundwater Outlook (PhiGO)
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    NERC
  • 2017
    Enhancing regional water security in semi-arid regions through improved metropolitan design
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    British Council
  • 2016
    Physical and biological dynamic coastal processes and their role in coastal recovery (BLUE-coast)
    Role:
    Co Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Natural Environment Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Physics
  • Geological Society of London