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Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Southampton

Dr Julian Leyland is Lecturer in Physical Geography within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton.

Research interests:

River dynamics
Research concerns sediment dynamics with respect to morphological change and ecological habitat. Current projects include bank change along the river Mekong and use of hydraulic modelling of flow conditions on the river Feshie to assess spatial-temporal changes in physical habitat.

Landscape evolution modelling
I am interested in the development and employment of empirical-conceptual and numerical Landscape Evolution Models (LEMs) in order to explore both contemporary and long term evolution of landscape features.

Acquisition and processing of high resolution environmental data
I lead the world class Environmental Sensing at Southampton (ES@S; facility within Geography and Environment. Facility equipment allows the rapid collection of high spatial resolution 3-D process and topographic data for large areas. This data can be used in a number of ways to further our geomorphological understanding of Earth systems. Current projects include research into the spatial and temporal changes in bank roughness between high flow events.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Southampton