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Geography and Environmental Science

Dr Chris Hackney

Visiting Academic in Geomorphology

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Dr Chris Hackney is a Visiting Academic in Geomorphology in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Chris was appointed in 2015 having previously been a Research Fellow in Geography and Environmental Science. His work on the NERC-funded STELAR-S2S project looked at sediment transport and erosion in large alluvial rivers. Chris also has interests in landscape evolution under climate change and coastal geomorphology. Chris is a member of the Earth Surface Dynamics Research Group.


Ph.D in Geography, University of Southampton (2009-2012)
B.Sc in Physical Geography (First Class Hons.), University of Southampton (2006 – 2009)

Research interests

Fluvial dynamics

My research interests concern morphological change in large river systems. Particularly I am interested in understanding how climate change will affect sediment delivery and transport within large rivers, and the impacts these changes may have on deltaic systems.

Landscape Evolution Modelling

I have a long standing interesting in developing and applying numerical models of landscape evolution to assess how changing climates will affect fluvial and hillslope processes.

Coastal Geomorphology

I am interested in assessing how coastal systems respond to the pressures of changing climate with respect to changing sea-level and variations in precipitation.

Research projects

Sediment Transport and Erosion in Large Alluvial Rivers – Source to Sink (STELAR-S2S)
Impacts of Climate and Sea-Level Change on Coastal Gullies

Research group

Earth Surface Dynamics

Research project(s)

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.

Dr Chris Hackney
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