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Mark Smith Dr Mark Smith

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Room Garstang 10.36
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 31974

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Research overview

I am an Associate Professor with research interests in the fields of hydrology, hydraulics and process geomorphology. I am especially interested in the interaction of near-surface flows with the Earth’s surface. Specifically, my current research is focussed on two main areas: (i) parameterisation of the surface roughness of complex topographies across a wide range of process environments and (ii) coupling basic hydrological models with models of malaria transmission. Underlining both these research threads is an appreciation of the structural and functional connectivity of patterns and processes within hydrology and geomorphology at various scales with the aim of invoking this analytical...


Smith, M. W., and Warburton, J. 2018. Microtopography of bare peat: a conceptual model and objective classification from high-resolution topographic survey data. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4336.

Quincey, D.J., Smith, M.W., Rounce, D.R., Ross, A.N., King, O. and Watson, C.S., 2017. Evaluating morphological estimates of the aerodynamic roughness of debris covered glacier ice. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 42, 2541-2553.

Swindles, G.T. Morris, P.J., Whitney, B., Galloway, J.M., Ga┼éka, M., Gallego-Sala, A., Macumber, A.L., Mullan, D., Smith, M.W., Amesbury, M.J., Roland, T.P., Sanei, H., Patterson, R.T., Sanderson, N., Parry, L., Charman, D.J., Lopez, O., Valderamma, E., Watson, E.J., Ivanovic, R.F., Valdes, P.J., Turner, T.E. and Lähteenoja, O. 2017. Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland. Global Change...

Current projects

  • FLOODMAL. NERC Standard Grant.
  • MorphSed: investigating the morpho-sedimentary dynamics of human-stressed fluvial systems and implications for ecological diversity on the Upper Cinca River. Funded by Spanish Ministry of Science (with Damia Vericat)
  • HYDROMAL: Hydro-dynamic drivers of malaria transmission hazard in Africa. NERC Standard Grant.

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