Dr David Milan

Dr David Milan

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Summary

David's research is focused at the interface between fluvial geomorphology and freshwater ecology.

It aims to tackle issues related to the effects of changing flow and sediment supply regimes upon river habitat quality, in response to climate change and human activities.

David has a particular interest in the application of new technologies to address river science problems.

His work using terrestrial LiDAR demonstrates how the technology can be used to provide improved assessments of bed roughness and grain-size at the reach-scale, assess rapid morphological change in dynamic proglacial rivers, and map river habitat.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Uncertainty in parameterising floodplain forest friction for Natural Flood Management, using remote sensing

Antonarakis, A., & Milan, D. (2020). Uncertainty in parameterising floodplain forest friction for Natural Flood Management, using remote sensing. Remote Sensing, 12(11), https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12111799

Uncertainty in parameterizing floodplain forest friction for natural flood management, using remote sensing

Antonarakis, A. S., & Milan, D. J. (2020). Uncertainty in parameterizing floodplain forest friction for natural flood management, using remote sensing. Remote Sensing, 12(11), 1799. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12111799

Topographic, hydraulic, and vegetative controls on bar and island development in mixed bedrock-alluvial, multi-channeled, dryland rivers

Milan, D., Tooth, S., & Heritage, G. (2020). Topographic, hydraulic, and vegetative controls on bar and island development in mixed bedrock-alluvial, multi-channeled, dryland rivers. Water Resources Research, 56(5), https://doi.org/10.1029/2019wr026101

Terrestrial structure-from-motion: spatial error analysis of roughness and morphology

Schwendel, A., & Milan, D. (2020). Terrestrial structure-from-motion: spatial error analysis of roughness and morphology. Geomorphology, 350, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.106883

Ecohydraulic modelling of anabranching rivers

Entwistle, N., Heritage, G., & Milan, D. (2019). Ecohydraulic modelling of anabranching rivers. River Research and Applications, 35(4), 353-364. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3413

Postgraduate supervision

David welcomes applications for PhD research in

- natural flood management

- geomorphic change detection using LiDAR

- geospatial analyses of river channel morphology and roughness

- sediment transport processes in gravel-bed rivers

- siltation of salmonid spawning areas

- monitoring and modelling sediment pathways in river systems

Completed PhDs

Shona Thomson - "Landscape evolution modelling of dryland rivers"

Jason Stopps - ("Sediment sources and delivery to ecological sensitive instream sites, River Lugg, Herefordshire, UK"

Andrew Parker "Sediment sourcing in a catchment heaviliy influenced by histric metal mining: a case study from the South Tyne, UK"

Current PhD supervisions

Josh Wolstenholme - "Influence of Natural Flood Management (NFM) on fluvial geomorphologic evolution"

Serena

Serena Teasdale- "Sticky Coasts: Characterising the role of biological cohesion in modulating erosion in coastal fringe environments"

Awards and prizes

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2003

Committee/Steering group role

International Scientific Committee for the 4th international conference on integrative sciences and sustainable development of large rivers

2020 - 2021

BSG Chair of Outreach sub committee

2012 - 2015

Journal editorial role

Editorial Board Member "Remote Sensing"

2019