Earth Surface Processes
Earth's surface acts as the interface between the geologic, biologic, hydrologic, hydrodynamic and human processes that drive environmental change.
Our multidisciplinary research group includes experts interested in understanding the movement of water and sediment across and through Earth's surface.
We attempt to understand a future world with a warmer climate and different land uses.
We explain past and present landscapes through process measurements, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling.
Hales, T. C. Resilience to Earthquake-induced Landslide Hazard in China (REACH). Natural Environmental Research Council Directed Programme. NE/N012240/1. 2015, £500,000
Cuthbert, M. O. Groundwater recharge in global drylands: processes, quantification & sensitivities to environmental change. NERC NE/P017819/1. August 2017-July 2022, £717,000
Singer, M., Roberts, D., Caylor, K. and Stella, J. Understanding and assessing riparian habitat vulnerability to drought-prone climate regimes on Department of Defense bases in the Southwestern USA. Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, US Department of Defense. 2018-2022, $1,704,236
Singer, M. and Stella, J. Assessing riparian forest water sources in the Santa Clara River basin. The Nature Conservancy. 2017-2020, $82,085
Singer, M., Stella, J. and Caylor, K. Impacts of dynamic, climate-driven water availability on tree water use and health in Mediterranean riparian forests. National Science Foundation (Hydrologic Sciences). 2017-2020, $450,366
Stella, J., Singer, M. and Roberts, D. Linking basin-scale, stand-level, and individual tree water stress indicators for groundwater-dependent riparian forests in multiple-use river basins. National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Sciences). 2017-2020, $449,982 ($302,235 to UCSB)
- Hales, T. 2018. Modelling biome-scale root reinforcement and slope stability. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43 (10), pp.2157-2166. (10.1002/esp.4381)
- Rust, W. et al., 2018. A conceptual model for climatic teleconnection signal control on groundwater variability in the UK and Europe. Earth-Science Reviews 177 , pp.164-174. (10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.09.017)
- Singer, M. . B. and Michaelides, K. 2017. Deciphering the expression of climate change within the Lower Colorado River basin by stochastic simulation of convective rainfall. Environmental Research Letters 12 (10) 104011. (10.1088/1748-9326/aa8e50)
- Horton, A. et al. 2017. Modification of river meandering by tropical deforestation. Geology 45 (6), pp.511-514. (10.1130/G38740.1)
- Cuthbert, M. et al. 2017. Modelling the role of groundwater hydro-refugia in East African hominin evolution and dispersal. Nature Communications 8 15696. (10.1038/ncomms15696)
- Hales, T. and Miniat, C. F. 2017. Soil moisture causes dynamic adjustments to root reinforcement that reduce slope stability. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 42 (5), pp.803-813. (10.1002/esp.4039)
- Hobley, D. et al. 2017. Creative computing with Landlab: an open-source toolkit for building, coupling, and exploring two-dimensional numerical models of Earth-surface dynamics. Earth Surface Dynamics 5 , pp.21-46. (10.5194/esurf-5-21-2017)
- Acworth, R. I. et al., 2016. An objective frequency domain method for quantifying confined aquifer compressible storage using Earth and atmospheric tides. Geophysical Research Letters 43 (22), pp.11671-11678. (10.1002/2016GL071328)
- Sargeant, C. and Singer, M. B. 2016. Sub-annual variability in historical water source use by Mediterranean riparian trees. Ecohydrology 9 (7), pp.1328-1345. (10.1002/eco.1730)
- Singer, M. et al. 2016. Hydrologic indicators of hot spots and hot moments of mercury methylation potential along river corridors. Science of the Total Environment 568 , pp.697-711.
- Parker, R. N. et al. 2016. Colluvium supply in humid regions limits the frequency of storm-triggered landslides. Scientific Reports 6 34438. (10.1038/srep34438)
- Kusche, J. et al., 2016. Mapping probabilities of extreme continental water storage changes from space gravimetry. Geophysical Research Letters 43 (15), pp.8026-8034. (10.1002/2016GL069538)
- Earlie, C. et al. 2015. Coastal cliff ground motions and response to extreme storm waves. Geophysical Research Letters 42 (3), pp.847-854. (10.1002/2014GL062534)
- Slater, L. J. , Singer, M. B. and Kirchner, J. W. 2015. Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of trends in flood hazard. Geophysical Research Letters 42 (2), pp.370-376. (10.1002/2014GL062482)
- Singer, M. B. and Michaelides, K. 2014. How is topographic simplicity maintained in ephemeral dryland channels?. Geology 42 (12), pp.1091-1094. (10.1130/G36267.1)
- Singer, M. B. et al. 2014. Floodplain ecohydrology: Climatic, anthropogenic, and local physical controls on partitioning of water sources to riparian trees. Water Resources Research 50 (5), pp.4490-4513. (10.1002/2014WR015581)
Lecturer in Coastal Processes
- +44 (0)29 2087 5563
Lecturer and research fellow
- +44 (0)29 2087 6213
Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Deputy Director of the Water Research Institute
- +44 (0)29 2087 6257
Reader in Climate Change Impacts
- +44 (0)29 2087 0642
Professor in Earth Science
- +44 (0)29 2087 0232
Air pollution and geoenvironmental laboratory
- bespoke, mobile, high-volume air vacuum pump, 1,100 liters/minute
- tiered foam impaction head, over 10micron, 10-2.5 micron, 2.5-1.0 micron, under 1 micron particles
- three Model 3785 Condensation Particle Counters, for ambient air pollution monitoring
- MicrodustPro handheld dust monitor
- TSI air pollution monitor
- nine 10 litres/minute vacuum air pumps
- bespoke dry dust fine particles separator
- preparation bench for SEM, XRD and ICP-MS samples.
- 4” submersible borehole pump with control panel and petrol generator
- borehole bailers, slugs and downhole loggers
- Heidolph leachate tumbler
- Herdeus sample drying oven
- double-distilled water maker
- -80C freezer
- sonic baths, desk top test tube agitators, weighting scales, heating plates, mini-centrifuge, sample storage facilities
- preparation benches for sample filtering and gas monitoring
- field water probes for pH, temp, DO.
- mechanical sieve shakers
- sieves and sample splitters
- sedigraph particle size analyser
- vacuum desiccator
- 3 x Drying ovens
- 1 x Muffle furnace
- cone penetration test kit
- 4 x electronic balances
- 5 x lever arm oedometers and ancillaries
- direct shear box rigs and ancillaries.
Field store: resistivity and shallow seismic
- IRIS 72 Channel Electrical tomography system
- GEM-2 Ground conductivity system with DGPS input
- ATLAS COPCO vibrocorer with capability to sample to 10m depth through Quaternary and soft sediment.