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Dr Matthew Brain - all publications

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  • Pradhan, S., Toll, D.J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2020). Field monitoring of soil-moisture to understand the hydrological response of a road-cut slope. In 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020). Cardoso, R., Jommi, C. & Romero, E. EDP Sciences. 195: 01029.
  • de Vilder, S.J., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J. & Vann Jones, E.C. (2017). Forensic rockfall scar analysis: Development of a mechanically correct model of rockfall failure. In Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice. De Graff, J.V. & Shakoor, A. Zanesville, Ohio: Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). 829-839.
  • Rosser, N.J., Williams, J., Brain, M.J. & Hardy, R.J. (2017). Insights into progressive rockfall failure from 4D scanning. In Progressive Rock Failure 2017 (Extended abstracts). Leith, K., Ziegler, M., Perras, M. & Loew, S. ETH Zuerich.
  • Whadcoat, S.K., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J. & Hardy, R.J. (2017). Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Rockfalls in Hard Rock Coastal Cliffs. In Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice. De Graff, J.V. & Shakoor, A. Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG). 633 - 644.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., de Vilder, S.J. & Tunstall, N. (2017). The effects of stress path and strain rate on the confined compressive strength and failure mode of brittle rocks. In Progressive Rock Failure 2017 (Extended abstracts). Leith, K., Ziegler, M., Perras, M. & Loew, S. ETH Zuerich.
  • Benjamin, J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2016). Rockfall detection and volumetric characterisation using LiDAR. In Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Experience, Theory and Practice. Aversa, S., Cascini, L., Picarelli, L. & Scavia, C. CRC Press. 389 - 396.
  • Brain, M.J. (2015). Compaction. In Handbook of Sea-Level Research. Shennan, I., Long, A.J. & Horton, B.P. Wiley. 452-469.
  • Parker, R.N., Petley, D.N., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., Damby, D. & Brain, M.J. (2012). Progressive failure cycles and distributions of earthquake-triggered landslides. In Earthquake-Induced Landslides. Ugai, K., Yagi, H. & Wakai, A. Springer.
  • Nawawitphisit, S., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Lim, M., Brain, M.J. & Waugh, S. (2012). Temporal characteristics and controls on landsliding in glacial tills. In Landslides and Engineered Slopes: Protecting Society through Improved Understanding. Eberhardt, E., Frose, C., Turner, J. & Leroueil, S. Taylor & Francis Group, London.
  • Lim, M., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Norman, E.C., Barlow, J. & Brain, M.J. (2010). Characterising coastal cliff erosional environments: microclimate-rock interactions. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, London.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N., Petley, D., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Norman, E. (2010). Dynamic rock strength in coastal rock cliffs. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, London.
  • Norman, E.C., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Brain, M.J. (2010). Exploring the relationship between tidal duration and energy delivery to a coastal cliff. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group, London.

Journal Article

  • Walker, J., Kopp, R., Shaw, T., Cahill, N., Khan, N., Barber, D., Ashe, E., Brain, M.J., Clear, J., Corbett, D.R. & Horton, B.P. (2021). Common Era sea-level budgets along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Nature Communications 12: 1841.
  • Swirad, Z.M., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J., Rood, D.H., Hurst, M.D., Wilcken, K.M. & Barlow, J. (2020). Cosmogenic exposure dating reveals limited long-term variability in erosion of a rocky coastline. Nature Communications 11: 3804.
  • Benjamin, J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2020). Emergent characteristics of rockfall inventories captured at a regional scale. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 45(12): 2773-2787.
  • Vane, C.H., Kim, A.W., Moss-Hayes, V., Turner, G., Mills, K., Chenery, S.R., Barlow, T.S., Kemp, A.C., Engelhart, S.E., Hill, T.D., Horton, B.P & Brain, M.J. (2020). Organic Pollutants, Heavy Metals and Toxicity in Oil Spill impacted Salt Marsh Sediment Cores, Staten Island, New York City, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 151: 110721.
  • Williams, J.G., Rosser, N.J., Hardy, R.J. & Brain, M.J. (2020). The Importance of Monitoring Interval for Rockfall Magnitude-Frequency Estimation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 124(12): 2841-2853.
  • de Vilder, S.J., Brain, M.J. & Rosser, N.J. (2019). Controls on the geotechnical response of sedimentary rocks to weathering. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 44(10): 1910-1929.
  • Swirad, Z.M., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2019). Identifying mechanisms of shore platform erosion using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 44(8): 1542-1558.
  • Barnett, R.L., Bernatchez, P., Garneau, M., Brain, M.J., Charman, D.J., Stephenson, D.B., Haley, S. & Sanderson, N. (2019). Late Holocene sea-level changes in eastern Québec and potential drivers. Quaternary Science Reviews 203: 151-169.
  • Vann Jones, E.C., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2018). Alongshore variability in wave energy transfer to coastal cliffs. Geomorphology 322: 1-14.
  • Williams, J. G., Rosser, N. J., Hardy, R. J., Brain, M. J. & Afana, A. A. (2018). Optimising 4-D surface change detection: an approach for capturing rockfall magnitude–frequency. Earth Surface Dynamics 6(1): 101-119.
  • Kemp, A.C., Wright, A.J., Edwards, R.J., Barnett, R.L., Brain, M.J., Kopp, R.E., Cahill, N., Horton, B.P., Charman, D.J., Hawkes, A.D., Hill, T.D. & van de Plassche, O. (2018). Relative sea-level change in Newfoundland, Canada during the past ∼3000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 201: 89-110.
  • Brain, M.J., Kemp, A.C., Hawkes, A.D., Engelhart, S.E., Vane, C.H., Cahill, N., Hill, T.D., Donnelly, J.P. & Horton, B.P. (2017). Exploring mechanisms of compaction in salt-marsh sediments using Common Era relative sea-level reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews 167: 96-111.
  • de Vilder, S.J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2017). Forensic analysis of rockfall scars. Geomorphology 295: 202-214.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J. & Tunstall, N. (2017). The control of earthquake sequences on hillslope stability. Geophysical Research Letters 44(2): 865-872.
  • Brain, M.J. (2016). Past, present and future perspectives of sediment compaction as a driver of relative sea-level and coastal change. Current Climate Change Reports 2(3): 75-85.
  • Sepúlveda, S.A., Petley, D.N., Brain, M.J. & Tunstall, N. (2016). The Effect of Dynamic Loading on the Shear Strength of Pyroclastic Ash Deposits and Implications for Landslide Hazard: The Case of Pudahuel Ignimbrite, Chile. Engineering Geology 205: 54-61.
  • Swirad, Z.M., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J. & Vann Jones, E.C. (2016). What controls the geometry of rocky coasts at the local scale? Journal of Coastal Research 75(sp1): 612-616.
  • Brain, M.J., Kemp, A.C., Horton, B.P., Culver, S.J., Parnell, A.C. & Cahill, N. (2015). Quantifying the contribution of sediment compaction to late Holocene salt-marsh sea-level reconstructions, North Carolina, USA. Quaternary Research 83(1): 41-51.
  • Vann Jones (née Norman), E. C., Rosser, N. J., Brain, M. J. & Petley, D. N. (2015). Quantifying the environmental controls on erosion of a hard rock cliff. Marine Geology 363: 230-242.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Sutton, J., Snelling, K., Tunstall, N. & Petley, D.N. (2015). The effects of normal and shear stress wave phasing on coseismic landslide displacement. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 120(6): 1009-1022.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Norman, E.C. & Petley, D.N. (2014). Are microseismic ground displacements a significant geomorphic agent? Geomorphology 207: 161-173.
  • Long, A.J., Barlow, N.L.M., Gehrels, W.R., Saher, M.H., Woodworth, P.L., Scaife, R.G., Brain, M.J. & Cahill, N. (2014). Contrasting records of sea-level change in the eastern and western North Atlantic during the last 300 years. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 388: 110-122.
  • Norman, E.C., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J., Petley, D.N. & Lim, M. (2013). Coastal cliff-top ground motions as proxies for environmental processes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans 118(12): 6807 - 6823.
  • Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M. & Norman, E.C. (2013). Coastline retreat via progressive failure of rocky coastal cliffs. Geology 41(8): 939-942.
  • Barlow, J., Lim, M., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Brain, M.J., Norman, E.C. & Geer, M. (2012). Modeling cliff erosion using negative power law scaling of rockfalls. Geomorphology 139-140: 416–424.
  • Brain, M.J., Long, A.J, Woodroffe, S.A., Petley, D.N., Milledge, D.G. & Parnell, A.C. (2012). Modelling the effects of sediment compaction on salt marsh reconstructions of recent sea-level rise. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 345-348: 180-193.
  • Brain, M.J., Long, A.J., Petley, D.N., Horton, B.P. & Allison, R.J. (2011). Compression behaviour of minerogenic low energy intertidal sediments. Sedimentary Geology 233(1 - 4): 28 - 41.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Brain, M.J. (2006). Autocompaction of Mineralogenic Intertidal Sediments. Department of Geography. Durham University. PhD.