Dr Martin Hurst
- Lecturer in Physical Geography (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)
I am a geomorphologist interested in understanding the evolution of the Earth surface, with particular focus on tectonically active landscapes and eroding coastlines. I am motivated by the problem that eroding landscapes (both terrestrial and coastal) leave behind scant evidence of their previous form. I try to understand by which processes, and how fast such landscapes have evolved. To do this I gather quantitative information about landscape form from topographic data and field observations, apply numerical models that can predict landscape form under different forcing conditions such as climatic shifts or tectonic processes, and measure past rates of landscape change using geochronometry (in particular cosmogenic radionuclides). The Earth surface is a principle human resource and thus I am interested in making predictions about landscape change at human-relevant timescales (from individual storm events to decadal/planning timescales), particularly associated with anticipated future environmental forcing.
Hurst, M. D. , Mudd, S. M., Walcott, R., Attal, M. and Yoo, K. (2012) Using hilltop curvature to derive the spatial distribution of erosion rates. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 117(F2), F02017. (doi:10.1029/2011JF002057)
Hurst, M. D. , Barkwith, A., Ellis, M. A., Thomas, C. W. and Murray, A. B. (2015) Exploring the sensitivities of crenulate bay shorelines to wave climates using a new vector-based one-line model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 120(12), pp. 2586-2608. (doi:10.1002/2015JF003704)
Hurst, M.D. , Mudd, S.M., Attal, M. and Hilley, G. (2013) Hillslopes record the growth and decay of landscapes. Science, 341(6148), pp. 868-871. (doi:10.1126/science.1241791) (PMID:23970695)
Natural Environment Research Council Highlight Topic: £560k (WP component). BLUE-Coast - Physical and biological dynamic coastal processes and their role in coastal recovery. Co-I on work package with the British Geological Survey.
Natural Environment Research Council Innovation Project: £128k. Software for quantifying shallow landslide hazards to transportation infrastructure under changing climate and forest management. Co-I with University of Edinburgh.
Daniel Peifer Bezerra, PhD Candidate (commenced 2014), University of Glasgow: Lanscape evolution of the interior of continents in intraplate settings.
Ben Phillips, PhD Candidate (commenced 2016), University of Liverpool: Future vulnerability of evolving gravel barrier coastlines – the impacts for flood risk management.
GEOG2001: Geography Level 2: Global geomorphology, landscape evolution, hillslope forms, processes and hazards
GEOG4013: Geographic Thought: History of Physical Geography
GEOG4025: Research Skills: Fieldwork