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Dr Charlie Thompson BSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Charlie Thompson is a Research Fellow in Sediment Dynamics within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Her main research interests focus on experimental and processes based sediment dynamics. These include:
Measuring and predicting bed stability, sediment resuspension processes and dynamics in situ and in the laboratory.
Measurements of fluid and solid-transmitted stresses during sediment transport, with a focus on how mobile sediments erode the seabed, archaeological artifacts and skeletal remains.
Understanding the complex feedbacks between boundary layer dynamics, roughness and turbulence.

Her research has specialized in the use and development of in situ, laboratory and ship-board annular flumes to investigate sediment transport and erosion processes. This has led to a wide range of multidisciplinary research, including collaborations with biogeochemists, biologists, geologists, archaeologists and forensic anthropologists, working together to answer joint research questions in coastal and marine settings.

Charlie is currently Co-Investigator on two NERC funded research projects looking at biogeochemical cycling in coastal and shelf sea environments: these form part of the Macronutrient Cycling project (NE/J012238/1), where she is researching how storm driven resuspension events may alter nutrient fluxes into or out of the seabed; and Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (NE/K001906/1) which in part aims to answer questions about under what circumstances the seabed may be a source or sink for nutrients.

Charlie completed her PhD in Sediment Dynamics at the University of Southampton in 2003, and before that a BSc in Marine Science. She currently teaches on the MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment degree programme, in particular sediment dynamics and coastal morphodynamics.

Research interests

Specialism: Sediment Dynamics

Sediment dynamics and coastal processes.
Ballistic momentum flux, and the contribution of particle movement to bed and obstacle erosion.
Bed roughness and turbulence based measurements of shear stresses over natural beds.

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)

Effects of Posidonia oceanica on sediment transport: implications for the protection of shorelines

Sediment-water column exchange of nutrients in coastal and shelf-sea waters

The Taphonomy of Historic Wreck Sites

Vertical turbulence structures in the benthic boundary layer as related to suspended sediment

Impact of seabed properties on the ampacity and reliability of cables

The effects of coastal sediment dynamics on bone taphonomy: archaeological/ forensic implications

Sediment transport pathways offshore between Poole and Christchurch Bays

Barrier Dynamic Experiment II

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SOES6060 MSc Key Skills and Applied Coastal Oceanography – course co-ordinator.
SOES3014 Coastal Sediment Dynamics – bottom boundary layers, shear stress determination and the threshold of motion.
SOES6011 Applied Sediment Dynamics – grain size analysis and statistics), practical laboratory work co-ordinator.
CENV6126 Coastal Morphodynamics – sandy and muddy coastlines, one-line modeling of sandy coasts.
SOES2024 & SOES2027 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography – practical sessions (grain size analysis); fieldwork leader (dimensionless numbers in the field).

Dr Charlie Thompson
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/124/14

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