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Professor Daniel Parsons

Professor in Sedimentology/ Director, Energy and Environment Institute

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

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. L., Gales, J. A., Paull, C. K., Rosenberger, K., Talling, P. J., Simmons, S. M., …Sumner, E. J. (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

Direct monitoring reveals initiation of turbidity currents from extremely dilute river plumes

Hage, S., Cartigny, M. J. B., Sumner, E. J., Clare, M. A., Hughes Clarke, J., Talling, P. J., …Watts, C. (2019). Direct monitoring reveals initiation of turbidity currents from extremely dilute river plumes. Geophysical research letters, -. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084526

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

VIET NAM: Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega-Delta

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£27,738.00

Started

1 January 2019

Status

Ongoing

Project

Knickpoint migration and long-term submarine channel system evolution in Bute inlet, BC, Canada

Funder

British Society for Geomorphology

Grant

£500.00

Started

20 March 2019

Status

Complete

Project

Sustainable Intensification of Rice Agriculture in Vulnerable Mega-Deltas: A Global Challenge’

Funder

BBSRC Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Counc

Grant

£26,961.00

Started

1 May 2017

Status

Complete

Project

How do deep-ocean turbidity currents behave that form the largest sediment accumulations on Earth?

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£104,637.00

Started

1 April 2019

Status

Ongoing

Project

Morphodynamic Stickiness: the influence of physical and biological cohesion in sedimentary systems

Funder

ERC European Research Council

Grant

£1,755,887.00

Started

1 May 2017

Status

Ongoing

Project

Energy from Waste and Biomass

Funder

Energy Works (Hull) Ltd

Grant

£100,000.00

Started

1 December 2016

Status

Ongoing

Project

The resilience and sustainability of the Mekong delta to changes in water and sediment fluxes

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£344,685.00

Started

15 June 2017

Status

Ongoing

Project

Deciphering the dominant drivers of contemporary relative sea-level change: Analysing sediment deposition and subsidence in a vulnerable mega-delta

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£12,735.00

Started

2 January 2017

Status

Complete

Project

First detailed synchronous sediment-concentration and velocity data for submarine turbidity currents

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

Started

1 April 2014

Status

Complete

Project

Modelling how sediment suspension controls the morphology and evolution of sand-bed rivers

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

Started

1 June 2014

Status

Complete

Project

 Climatic and Autogenic Controls on the Morphodynamics of Mega-Rivers: Modelling Sediment Flux in the Alluvial Transfer Zone

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

Started

1 July 2012

Status

Complete

Project

Reducing uncertainty in flood prediction: the representation of vegetation in hydraulic models.

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

Started

1 April 2013

Status

Complete

Project

Co-Ordinating and Pump-priming International efforts for direct monitoring of active turbidity currents at global "test sites"

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£4,000.00

Started

1 June 2015

Status

Complete

Project

Rutherford Fellowship

Funder

BEIS Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Grant

£41,700.00

Started

1 August 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Quantifying sediment fluxes from acoustic Doppler current profilers

Funder

Environment Agency

Grant

£10,032.00

Started

1 March 2018

Status

Ongoing

Project

Nooksack River Log Jam Surveys

Funder

University of Brighton

Grant

£2,800.00

Started

1 July 2018

Status

Complete

Project

PEGASUS: Producing EnerGy and preventing hAzards from SUrface water Storage in Peru

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£99,988.00

Started

1 February 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