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Professor Justin Sheffield BSc, MSc, PhD

Head of Geography and Environmental Science, Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing,GECEO Research Group Leader

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Professor Justin Sheffield is currently the Head of School of Geography and Environmental Science at Southampton. He is also a Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing.

Work History

  • 2021-present: Head of School of Geography and Environmental Science
  • 2016-present: Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton
  • 2000-2016: Research Scholar, in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, USA.
  • 1992-2000: Senior Research Associate, in Department of Civil Engineering at University of Newcastle, UK.

Research Overview

Justin’s research is centred on large-scale hydrology and its interactions with climate variability and change. He has published extensively on hydrological extremes, climate change, and hydrological processes from catchment to global scale, and on the application of fundamental research to natural hazards impacts reduction, and water and food security particularly in developing regions, including monitoring and prediction systems.


  • The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2014 for research work on drought monitoring and prediction
  • The Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2013 for outstanding multi-disciplinary research and applications in hydrological hazards.

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

Affiliate research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

Research project(s)

Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega-Delta

The overall aim of this project to understand how agricultural resilience to hydrometeorological extremes can be enhanced through improved predictive capacity and aligned policy and governance, using the Vietnamese Mekong delta (VMD) as a representative exemplar delta.

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Module coordinator for GEOG2037 “Global Water Resources”

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