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Geography and Environment

Dr Julian Leyland 

Lecturer in Physical Geography, Director of UG Admissons

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

Web of Science Researcher ID: Researcher ID:  J-4738-2012

I recieved my undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Southampton in 2004 and my PhD in January 2009.


2012 - present: Lecturer in Physical Gegraphy, University of Southampton

2011 - 2012: University of Southampton (RCUK Academic Fellow)

2009 - 2011: University of Southampton (Geocomputational Specialist)





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 morphological data
Geography and Environment has a Leica Scanstation Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS). This equipment allows the rapid collection of high spatial resolution 3-D 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.

Research group

Earth Surface Dynamics

Research project(s)

Impacts of Climate and Sea-Level Change on Coastal Gullies

Sediment Transport and Erosion in Large Alluvial Rivers – Source to Sink (STELAR-S2S)

STELAR-S2S is a multi-institutional project, led by Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. The project is developing new insights into the way large rivers interact with climate to modulate sediment transfer from source to their sinks zones (e.g. in deltas). This requires detailed understanding of the role of bank erosion, floodplain sedimentation and climatic fluctuations on sediment delivery and storage.

Temporal Evolution of Roughness in Eroding River Banks

Re-constructing Past Environmental Conditions Using Landscape Evolution Models

Geography and Environment seminar series co-ordinator. Details of upcoming seminars are available here.


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