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Prof Julian Thompson
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  • Professor of Physical Geography - Hydrology and Wetlands
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS


Academic Career

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

  • GEOG0017: Physical Geography Field Research (Convenor).
  • GEOG0026: Surface and Groundwater Hydrologgy (Convenor).
  • GEOG0036: Water and Development in Africa.
  • GEOG0037: Undergraduate Dissertation.

MSc Modules

  • GEOG0091: Wetlands (Convenor).
  • GEOG0067: Surface Water Modelling.
  • GEOG0109: Models in Environmental Science.
  • GEOG0112: Climate Risks to Hydro-ecological Systems.
01-OCT-2018 Professor of Physical Geography: Hydrology and Wetlands Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 – 30-SEP-2018 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   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1991   Bachelor of Science University College London
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