Professor Thomas Coulthard

Professor Thomas Coulthard

Professor of Physical Geography

Faculty and Department

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

Summary

Prof. Tom Coulthard is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Hull, modelling environmental systems specialising in the distributed and cellular modelling of fluvial and landscape systems.

Prof. Coulthard is PI of the NERC ERIIP Combination Hazards in ESTuaries (CHEST) researching surge/fluvial/tidal flood risk in UK estuaries. He is a member of the NERC SINATRA flooding from intense rainfall consortium, was a member of the NERC/EPSRC Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (FRMRC) parts 1 and 2. He has and held a further three NERC grants (GT4/95/147/F, GST/02/0758, NER/A/S/2001/00454), and has supervised five PDRAs and ten research students.

Tom has written over 100 papers in leading journals including Geology and Water Resources Research. In 2007 he chaired an independent review into the Hull floods and was lead author on the reviews influential report. Aside from work following the 2007 floods his research interests are diverse, spanning from modelling the impacts of environmental change, metal contamination in river systems and the impacts of vegetation on fluvial geomorphology. In 2005 he was awarded the Warwick award from the British Geomorphological Research Group and in 2008 the Vice Chancellors Prize from the University of Hull. Tom is the 2020 recipient of the EGU Bagnold Medal. He is also the managing editor (and founding editor) of the EGU journal Earth Surface Dynamics.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Global sensitivity analysis of parameter uncertainty in landscape evolution models

Skinner, C. J., Coulthard, T. J., Schwanghart, W., Van De Wiel, M. J., & Hancock, G. (2018). Global sensitivity analysis of parameter uncertainty in landscape evolution models. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(12), 4873-4888. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-4873-2018

Knickpoints in Martian channels indicate past ocean levels

Duran, S., Coulthard, T. J., & Baynes, E. R. (2019). Knickpoints in Martian channels indicate past ocean levels. Scientific reports, 9(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51574-2

The effect of sampling effort on estimates of methane ebullition from peat

Ramirez, J. A., Baird, A. J., & Coulthard, T. J. (2017). The effect of sampling effort on estimates of methane ebullition from peat. Water Resources Research, 53(5), 4158-4168. https://doi.org/10.1002/2017wr020428

Improving estuary models by reducing uncertainties associated with river flows

Robins, P. E., Lewis, M. J., Freer, J., Cooper, D. M., Skinner, C. J., & Coulthard, T. J. (2018). Improving estuary models by reducing uncertainties associated with river flows. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 207, 63-73 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.02.015

Modeling sediment movement and channel response to rainfall variability after a major earthquake

Xie, J., Wang, M., Liu, K., & Coulthard, T. J. (2018). Modeling sediment movement and channel response to rainfall variability after a major earthquake. Geomorphology, 320, 18-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.07.022

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervisions

- Chloe Carter

- Jun Xie

- Nazimul Islam

Recently Completed PhDs

- Shona Thomson

- Jessica Moloney

- Chloe Morris

- Sergio Duran