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Dr Steve Simmons

Dr Steve Simmons

Research Associate

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

Qualifications

  • BSc (Durham University)
  • BEng (Newcastle University)
  • PhD
  • MSc (University of Leeds)

Summary

Dr Simmons is a post-doctoral researcher with interests in the development of our understanding of sedimentary processes through the application of novel acoustic measurements of flow and sediment transport over scales ranging from the laboratory flume to the deep ocean. His current projects include the analysis of the suspended sediment and flow structure of oceanic turbidity currents monitored in the Monterey and Congo submarine canyons. Other projects include the monitoring of suspended sediment over river dunes and in the wake of wind turbine supports and fishing trawler gear, as well as laboratory measurements of flow in the wake of tidal turbines.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Density stratification controls the bedform phase diagram of saline-gravity currents versus open-channel flows

Ohata, K., de Cala, I., Dorrell, R. M., Naruse, H., McLelland, S. J., Simmons, S. M., & McCaffrey, W. D. (in press). Density stratification controls the bedform phase diagram of saline-gravity currents versus open-channel flows. Sedimentology, https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.13075

Carbon and sediment fluxes inhibited in the submarine Congo Canyon by landslide-damming

Pope, E. L., Heijnen, M., Talling, P., Jacinto, R. S., Gaillot, A., Baker, M., …Urlaub, M. (in press). Carbon and sediment fluxes inhibited in the submarine Congo Canyon by landslide-damming. Nature Geoscience, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-022-01017-x

Longest sediment flows yet measured show how major rivers connect efficiently to deep sea

Talling, P. J., Baker, M. L., Pope, E. L., Ruffell, S. C., Silva Jacinto, R., Heijnen, M. S., …Hilton, R. J. (2022). Longest sediment flows yet measured show how major rivers connect efficiently to deep sea. Nature communications, 13, Article 4193. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31689-3

First source-to-sink monitoring shows dense head controls sediment flux and runout in turbidity currents

Pope, E. L., Cartigny, M. J., Clare, M. A., Talling, P. J., Lintern, D. G., Vellinga, A., …Vendettuoli, D. (2022). First source-to-sink monitoring shows dense head controls sediment flux and runout in turbidity currents. Science Advances, 8(20), eabj3220. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abj3220

Fill, flush or shuffle: How is sediment carried through submarine channels to build lobes?

Heijnen, M. S., Clare, M. A., Cartigny, M. J., Talling, P. J., Hage, S., Pope, E. L., …Hughes Clarke, J. E. (2022). Fill, flush or shuffle: How is sediment carried through submarine channels to build lobes?. Earth and planetary science letters, 584, Article 117481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2022.117481

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Developing a Global Listening Network for Turbidity Currents and Seafloor Processes

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£9,462.00

Started

1 April 2019

Status

Ongoing

Project

Meltwater driven sediment delivery into a glacier-fed fjord, Greenland (MELT)

Funder

Royal Society

Grant

£16,700.00

Started

31 January 2022

Status

Complete

Project

Industry-Led Lost Fishing Gear Locating Service for the Holderness Coast

Funder

DEFRA

Grant

£2,000.00

Started

1 July 2022

Status

Complete

Project

Quantifying sediment fluxes from acoustic Doppler current profilers

Funder

Environment Agency

Grant

£9,850.00

Started

1 March 2018

Status

Complete

Co-investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

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

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£350,710.00

Started

1 April 2019

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervisions

- Ye Chen, Knickpoint Dynamics in Turbidite Systems

- Niall Tracey, Novel Acoustic Methods for Directly Monitoring Seabed Sediment Transport, Geo-hazards & Scour

- Ellie Goodfellow, Array-scale sediment transport processes in offshore wind energy

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