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Prof Jon French
101B North-West Wing
Department of Geography
UCL, Gower Street
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  • Professor of Physical Geography
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

Professor, University College London

Head of Department, UCL Department of Geography (2011 - 2016)
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 - )


PhD University of Cambridge
MA University of Cambridge


Associate Editor, Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science (2019 - )
BEEMS Expert Panel advising on coastal new nuclear builds (2014 - 2018)
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)
FCT Peer Review Panel (2018 - )
DFG Peer Review Panel (2016, 2017, 2019)

Research Themes
Research Summary

Over 30 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 working on the 'CoastRes: Coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise' project (NERC NE/S016651/1). I led UCL's contribution to the NERC-funded 'Integrated Coastal Sediment Systems' (iCOASST project; NERC NE/J005487/1)) and was UCL Lead on the UK Lake Ecological Observatory Network) (NERC NE/I007520/1). Recently completed projects include the NERC 'Risks of Coastal Flooding to Port Systems' (NERC NE/M008150/1) project; a regional analysis of the Suffolk shoreface and sediment system for Crown Estate; ‘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

GEOG0013: Geography in the Field - I
GEOG0019: Geomorphology
GEOG0034: Coastal Geohazards

Postgraduate courses

GEOG0095: Aquatic Monitoring  (MSc Aquatic Sci.)
GEOG0109: Models in Environmental Science  (MSc Environmental Modelling/Climate Change)
GEOG0067: Surface Water Modelling  (MSc Environmental Modelling/Climate Change/Aquatic Sci.)

Academic Background
1989   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
1985   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Cambridge
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