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Professor Stephen Darby 

Professor in Physical Geography

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Steve is Professor of Physical Geography. He has worked at Southampton since 1997. He has a number of roles external to the University. He served as a Trustee of the British Society for Geomorphology (2012-2018) and as the Chair of that society (2017-208). He is currently a Trustee (2020-2023) and serves on Council of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

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Research interests

  • Morphodynamics of large, monsoon-affected, rivers
  • Modelling river channel dynamics, especially in meandering rivers
  • Morphodynamics of submarine meanders
  • Influence of vegetation on fluvial forms and processes

Research group

Landscape Dynamics and Ecology (LDE)

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.

ESPA Deltas

This major four year project funded by the NERC/DfID' Ecosystem Service and Poverty Alleviation' programme aims to assess the livelihoods, health, ecosystems and poverty alleviation in populous deltas

Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alliviation in Deltas

BRAgS - Building Resilient Agricultural Systems: sustainable livelihoods in Mega-Deltas under environmental change (GCRF/BBSRC)

Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy to generate policy relevant scenarios for rice agricultural systems in relation to (a) future water, nutrient and sediment supply; (b) delta-scale adaptations to agricultural practice, and; (c) local-scale adaptations to water and flood management practice.

Socio-ecological and food security future scenario development with policy makers

Development of workshop based socio-ecological and livelihood based scenario strategies in the agricultural sector of the developing South

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.

Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation

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