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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...


James, M.R., Robson, S. and Smith, M.W., 2017. 3‐D uncertainty‐based topographic change detection with structure‐from‐motion photogrammetry: precision maps for ground control and directly georeferenced surveys. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.4125.

Pearson, E., Smith, M.W., Klaar, M.J., Brown, L.E. 2017. Can high resolution 3D topographic surveys provide reliable grain size estimates in gravel bed rivers? Geomorphology doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.05.015

Watson, C.S., Quincey, D.J., Carrivick, J.L. and Smith, M.W. 2017. Ice cliff dynamics in the Everest region of the Central Himalaya. Geomorphology 278, 238-251.

Carrivick, J.L., Smith, M.W. and Quincey, D.J. 2016. Structure from Motion in the Geosciences. New Analytical Methods in Earth and Environmental Science. Wiley Blackwell.

Watson, C.S., Quincey, D.J., Carrivick, J.L. and Smith, M.W. 2016. The dynamics of supraglacial water storage in...

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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