Professor Thomas Coulthard

Professor Thomas Coulthard

Professor of Physical Geography

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Energy and Environmental Institute

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 CI on the NERC SEARCH estuary flooding program and PI of the recently completed NERC ERIIP Combination Hazards in ESTuaries (CHEST) researching surge/fluvial/tidal flood risk in UK estuaries. He was 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

The Kasei Valles, Mars: a unified record of episodic channel flows and ancient ocean levels

Duran, S., & Coulthard, T. J. (2020). The Kasei Valles, Mars: a unified record of episodic channel flows and ancient ocean levels. Scientific reports, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-75080-y

Modeling the geomorphic response to early river engineering works using CAESAR-Lisflood

Ramirez, J. A., Zischg, A. P., Schürmann, S., Zimmermann, M., Weingartner, R., Coulthard, T., & Keiler, M. (2020). Modeling the geomorphic response to early river engineering works using CAESAR-Lisflood. Anthropocene, 32, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2020.100266

Landscape evolution of the Wenchuan earthquake-stricken area in response to future climate change

Li, C., Wang, M., Liu, K., & Coulthard, T. J. (2020). Landscape evolution of the Wenchuan earthquake-stricken area in response to future climate change. Journal of hydrology, 590, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125244

The impact of different rainfall products on landscape modelling simulations

Skinner, C. J., Peleg, N., Quinn, N., Coulthard, T. J., Molnar, P., & Freer, J. (in press). The impact of different rainfall products on landscape modelling simulations. Earth surface processes and landforms : the journal of the British Geomorphological Research Group, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4894

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

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervisions

- Chloe Carter

- Jun Xie

Recently Completed PhDs

- Shona Thomson

- Jessica Moloney

- Chloe Morris

- Sergio Duran