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Prof Julian Thompson
Room 101A
Pearson Building
Gower Street
Tel: 0207 679 0589
Fax: 0207 679 0565
  • Professor of Physical Geography – Hydrology and Wetlands
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS


Posts Held

Research Groups
Research Summary
My research focuses on the hydrological functioning of wetland environments often in relation to the wider catchment hydrological context, the links between wetland hydrology and ecology, and the assessment of impacts of anthropogenic or natural pressures (especially those associated with climate change and related uncertainty) upon wetlands and water resources. I have participated in and led national and international cross-disciplinary research initiatives with particular expertise being developed in hydrological / hydraulic monitoring and modelling. These approaches have been applied to a range of environments from individual wetlands to international river basins. Specific areas of current and past research include:

  • African floodplain wetlands
  • UK wetlands, in particular wet grasslands
  • Freshwater marshes and swamps in Southeast Asia
  • North African coastal wetlands
  • The interactions between wetlands and water management
  • Catchment and global scale modelling for climate impact and uncertainty assessment
Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Modules

  • GEOG 2002: Physical Geography Field Research (Convenor).
  • GEOG 2020: Surface and Groundwater Hydrologgy (Convenor).
  • GEOG 3038: Water and Development in Africa.
  • GEOG 3045: Wetland Environments (Convenor).

MSc Modules

  • GEOG G057: Wetlands (Convenor).
  • GEOG G101: Surface Water Modelling.
  • GEOG G120: Models in Environmental Science.
  • GEOG G123: Climate Risks to Hydro-ecological Systems.
01-OCT-2012 Reader in Physical Geography Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 30-SEP-2012 Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography Geography UCL, United Kingdom
09-SEP-1997 – 30-SEP-2010 Lecturer in Physical Geography Geography UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1995 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Hydrology University College London
1991 BSc Bachelor of Science – Geography University College London
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