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Professor Carl L Amos BSc, PhD

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Carl L Amos is Emeritus Professor within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Oceanography/Geology, University of Wales (1971)

PhD Sedimentology, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London (1974)

Research interests

Specialisms: Sediment dynamics, coastal morphodynamics

Professor Amos has made significant and balanced contributions to the University in scientific leadership through research into the fundamental processes governing sediment transport. He has demonstrated strong leadership skills in coordinating and undertaking major research projects in tidally-dominated coastal settings. His present interests include the development of instrumentation (benthic landers and benthic flumes) for in situ measurement of sediment stability in cohesive and non-cohesive sediments, which has reesulted in over 100 science publications in this field of study. He is presently involved in developing and calibrating a sediment transport model of Venice Lagoon (with the National Research Council of Italy) for purposes of management of lagoonal habitats.

Links to Active Research

EUROSTRATAFORM (work with the Basque government on the Urdaibai estuary) 

Research group

Geology and Geophysics

Research project(s)

Impact of aquaculture on the British Columbian coastal zone

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

Ritmare: WP4.A5 - Hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling of lagoon systems

Tidal inlet stability on Urdaibai Estuary, Spain

Impacts of W class ferries on saltmarsh erosion

Venice lagoon

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

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Book Chapters

  • Amos, C., Kassem, H., & Friend, P. (2019). Ripple marks. In C. W. Finkl, & M. Christopher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, Second Edition (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 1447-1454). (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series). Springer.
  • Umgiesser, G., Helsby, R., Amos, C. L., & Ferrarin, C. (2015). Tidal Prism Variation in Venice Lagoon and Inlet Response over the Last 70 Years. In M. Maanan, & M. Robin (Eds.), Sediment Fluxes in Coastal Areas (pp. 151-165). (Coastal Research Library; Vol. 10). Springer.
  • Amos, C. L. (2014). Understanding the macrotidal environment of the Bay of Fundy and the impacts of tidal power development. In D. N. Nettleship, D. C. Gordon, C. F. N. Lewis, & M. P. Latremouille (Eds.), Voyage of Discovery: Fifty years of Mariner Research at Canada's Bedford Institute of Oceanography (pp. 373-382). Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
  • Amos, C. L., & Friend, P. L. (2005). Ripple marks. In M. L. Schwartz (Ed.), Encyclopedia of coastal science (pp. 813-815). (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences). Springer.
  • Flindt, M. R., Neto, J., Amos, C. L., Pardal, M. A., Bergamasco, A., Pedersen, C. B., & Andersen, F. O. (2004). Plant bound nutrient transport. Mass transport in estuaries and lagoons. In S. L. Nielsen, G. T. Banta, & M. F. Pedersen (Eds.), Estuarine nutrient cycling: the influence of primary producers (pp. 93-128). Kluwer Academic.
  • Amos, C. L., Umgiesser, G., Bonardi, M., & Cappucci, S. (2002). Sedimentation mechanism in northern Venice Lagoon. In P. Campostrini (Ed.), Scientific research and safeguarding of Venice (pp. 315-332). Publ. Stampa "La Garangola".
  • Amos, C. L., Barrie, J. V., Buckley, D. E., Dalrymple, R. W., D'Anglejan, B., Davidson-Arnott, R., Fader, G. B., Gillie, R., Harper, J. R., Hill, P. R., Huntley, D. A., Josenhans, H. W., Keen, M. J., Piper, D. J. W., Syvitski, J. P. M., Taylor, B. B., & Taylor, R. B. (1990). Modern sedimentary processes. In M. J. Keen, & G. L. Williams (Eds.), Geology of the continental margin of eastern Canada (pp. 611-673). (Geology of Canada; No. 2). Geological Survey of Canada.
  • Collins, M. B., Amos, C. L., & Evans, G. (1981). Observations of some sediment-transport processes over intertidal flats, the Wash, U.K. In S-D. Nio, R. T. E. Shuttenhelm, & T. C. E. Van Weering (Eds.), Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin (Vol. 5, pp. 81-98). (Special Publication of the International Association of Sedimentologists; No. 5). Blackwell Scientific.



Professor Carl L Amos
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/164/03

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