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Prof Jon French
101B
Department of Geography
UCL, Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Physical Geography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography
Employment

Professor, University College London

Head of Department, UCL Department of Geography (2011 - present)
Deputy Head of Department (Research), UCL Department of Geography (2007 - 2010)
Vice-Dean (Research) Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences (2008 - 2011)
Director, Coastal & Estuarine Research Unit (1996 - )

Qualifications

PhD University of Cambridge
MA University of Cambridge

Appointments

BEEMS Expert Panel advising on coastal new nuclear builds (2014 - )
Founder member, IGU Commission on Geomorphology and Society (2014 - )
Editorial Board, Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (2007 - )
NERC Peer Review College (2006 - 2010)
UK Estuaries Advisory Group (2002 - 2005)
DEFRA/EA Flood & Coastal Defence Technical Advisors Group (2000 - 2005)


Research Themes
Research Summary

Over 25 years experience in coastal, estuarine, fluvial and limnological research, specialising in hydrodynamics, sediment transport, landform morphodynamics and physically-based, reduced complexity, and system-level models. I am currently leading UCL's contribution to the NERC-funded 'Integrated Coastal Sediment Systems' (iCOASST project; NERC NE/J005487/1)) and am UCL Lead on the UK Lake Ecological Observatory Network) (NERC NE/I007520/1). I am also working on the NERC 'Risks of Coastal Flooding to Port Systems' (NERC NE/M008150/1) project and a regional analysis of the Suffolk shoreface and sediment system for Crown Estate. Recently completed projects include ‘SC060074 Large-scale coastal geomorphological behaviour’ (2007-2009) funded by EA; and ‘FD2117 Development and Demonstration of Systems-Based Estuary Simulators’ (ESTSIM; 2004-2007), funded by DEFRA.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate courses

GEOG2002: Methods in Physical Geography
GEOG2005: Geomorphology
GEOG3004: Coastal & Estuarine Environments

 

Postgraduate courses

GEOGG070: Aquatic Systems  (MSc Aquatic Sci.)
GEOGG071: Aquatic Monitoring  (MSc Aquatic Sci.)
GEOGG120: Models in Environmental Science  (MSc Environmental Modelling/Climate Change)
GEOGG100: Coastal Change  (MSc Environmental Modelling/Climate Change/Aquatic Sci./Conservation)
GEOGG101: Surface Water Modelling  (MSc Environmental Modelling/Climate Change/Aquatic Sci.)

Academic Background
1989 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geography University of Cambridge
1985 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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