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Professor Daniel Parsons

Professor in Sedimentology/ Director, Energy and Environment Institute

Faculty and Department

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Summary

Under the leadership of Professor Parsons, the Energy and Environment Institute is gathering together multidisciplinary researchers to conduct impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change and securing a low-carbon energy supply.

Professor Parsons is an active researcher in areas related to fluvial, estuarine, coastal and deep marine sedimentary environments, exploring responses of these systems to climate and environmental change. He has research interests in anthropogenic disturbances to these systems and determining necessary societal adaptations to mitigate the impact of change - for example understanding how evolving flood risk on large mega-deltas can impact populations and related regional and global food security - through to understanding the impact of plastics, particularly in coastal and marine environments.

Professor Parsons also has research interests in environmental scale modelling, innovative environmental measurement technologies and in areas related to offshore renewable energy.

European Research Council Consolidator Award 2017 - ?2.4M grant award to examine morphodynamic stickiness

Journal Article

Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery

Strick, R. J., Ashworth, P. J., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Nicholas, A. P., Best, J. L., Lane, S. N., …Dale, J. (2019). Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery. Earth surface processes and landforms : the journal of the British Geomorphological Research Group, 44(4), 953-972. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4558

Self-sharpening induces jet-like structure in seafloor gravity currents

Dorrell, R. M., Peakall, J., Darby, S. E., Parsons, D. R., Johnson, J., Sumner, E. J., …Tezcan, D. (2019). Self-sharpening induces jet-like structure in seafloor gravity currents. Nature communications, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09254-2

Linking direct measurements of turbidity currents to submarine canyon-floor deposits

Maier, K., Gales, J., Paull, C., Rosenberger, K., Talling, P., Simmons, S., …Sumner, E. (2019). Linking direct measurements of turbidity currents to submarine canyon-floor deposits. Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00144

Laboratory study on the effects of hydro kinetic turbines on hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics

Ramírez-Mendoza, R., Amoudry, L., Thorne, P., Cooke, R., McLelland, S., Jordan, L., …Murdoch, L. (2018). Laboratory study on the effects of hydro kinetic turbines on hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics. Renewable energy, 129(Part A), 271-284. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.05.094

Modelling impacts of tidal stream turbines on surface waves

Li, X., Li, M., Jordan, L. B., McLelland, S., Parsons, D. R., Amoudry, L. O., …Comerford, L. (2019). Modelling impacts of tidal stream turbines on surface waves. Renewable energy, 130, 725-734. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.05.098

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy

Funder

EPSRC Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

Grant

£904,838.00

Started

1 January 2019

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications across areas related to energy (wind and tidal), environmental and climate change and sedimentary geology and geobiology.

I am particularly interested in understanding fundamental processes and the time and space scales over which processes operate and interact in controlling system function.

Completed PhDs

Kevin Woodbridge, Fluvio-Tectonic Interactions

Claire Keevil, Estuarine Sediment Transport Processes and Morphodynamics

Chris Unsworth, Unsteady Bedform Dynamics

Daowei Yin (Leeds), Erosive Bedform Evolution and Dynamics

Tao Wei (Leeds), Gravity Currents Across Breaks in Slope

Leiping Ye, Sediment Transport and Bedforms in Unidirectional Flow Over Cohesive Substrates

Current PhD supervisions

Laura-Beth Jordan, Tidal Turbine Seabed Interactions

David Jordan, Flow-Vegetation Vnteractions

Xuxu Wu, Wave Induced Sediment Transport and Bedform Generation over Cohesive Substrates

Rita Santos, Fish Migration and Climate Cchange in the Mekong River: an eDNA Approach

Chloe Morris, Coastal Erosion and Estuarine System Interactions

Hao Hu, Bedform Dynamics in Tidal Environments

Robert Houseago, Vegetation and Morphodynamics in Coastal Fringe Environments

Bas Bodewes, The Influence of Cohesivity on Bank Erosion

Cian McGuire, Distinguishing Deep-Water Sedimentary Systems Using Foraminifera

Greg Smith, Pyroclastic Density Currents

Ye Chen, Knickpoint Dynamics in Turbidite Systems

Awards and prizes

The Bigsby Medal from The Geological Society of London

2015 - 2015

The Bigsby Medal from The Geological Society of London - the GSL’s premier mid-career award - bestowed biennially to an individual who has done no more than 25-years full time research