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Professor Nick Rosser - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rosser, N.J. (2010). Analogue modelling of the evolution of brittle slope failures. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • 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. London: CRC Press.
  • Parker, R., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L. & Whadcoat, S. (2010). Mapping and monitoring the spatial distribution of landslide hazards induced by the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Karim, D., Wali, S. Ali, Nasab, N. & Shaban, K. (2010). Non-seismic landslide hazards along the Himalayan Arc. In Geologically Active. Willians, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press. 143 - 154.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M., Barlow, J. & Norman, E.C. (2010). Rock mass strength response to dynamic loading in hard rock coastal cliffs. In Geologically Active. Williams, A.L., Pinches, G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J. & Massey, C.I. London: CRC Press.
  • Parker, R.N., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L. & Petley, D.N. (2009). Automated landslide detection algorithms to investigate controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Next Generation Research on Earthquake-induced Landslides. Taiwan:
  • Oven, K.J., Petley, D.N., Rigg, J.R, Dunn, C.E. & Rosser, N.J. (2008). Landscape, livelihoods and risk: A study of community vulnerability to landslide events in Central Nepal. In Climate change and disaster risk reduction. Aryal, K.R. & Gadema, Z. Disaster and Development Centre, School of Applied Science, Northumbria University: 94-102.
  • Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2007). Terrestrial laser scanning for quantitative rockfall hazard assessment. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam: A.T. Balkema.
  • Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Ball, S. (2007). The surface expression of strain accumulation in failing rock masses. In Rock Mechanics: Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands: Proceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, 27–31 May 2007. Eberhardt, E., Stead, D. & Morrison, T. Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
  • Petley, D.N., Dunning, S.A., Rosser, N.J. & Kausar, A-B. (2006). Incipient landslides in the Jhelum Valley, Pakistan following the 8th October 2005 earthquake. In Disaster mitigation of debris flows, slope failures and landslides. Frontiers in Science Series. Marui, H. Tokyo, Japan: Universal Academy Press. 47 - 56.
  • Dunning, S.A., Petley, D.N. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). Structural and geometrical mapping of unstable slopes using terrestrial laser scanning - a basis for numerical modelling. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes, Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Public Works. 181 - 208.
  • Dunning, S.A., Petley, D.N., Strom, A.L. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). The morphologies and sedimentology of valley confined rock-avalanche deposits and their effect on Landslide Risk Management. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam: Balkema. 691-704.
  • Petley, D.N., Oven, K., Mitchell, W., Rosser, N.J. & Dunning, S.A. (2006). The role of global and regional precipitation patterns in landslide generation. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kuala Lumpur: Department of Public Works. 249 - 268.
  • Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N. & Dunning, S.A. (2006). Towards forecasting the timing and geometry of rock slope failures. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Slopes Malaysia. Ashaari, M. Kaula Lumpur: Public Works Department. 57 - 74.
  • Petley, D.N., Higuchi, T., Dunning, S., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.J., Bulmer, M.H.K. & Carey, J. (2005). A new model for the development of movement in progressive landslides. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam.: Balkema.
  • Petley, D. N., Dunning, S. A. & Rosser, N. J (2005). The analysis of global landslide risk through the creation of a database of worldwide landslide fatalities. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Eberhardt, E. Leiden: Balkema. 367-374.
  • Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2005). The application of a terrestrial laser scanning technique for quantitative rockfall hazard assessment. In Landslide Risk Management. Hungr, O., Fell, R., Couture, R. & Ebergardt, E. Amsterdam.: Balkema.

Journal Article

  • Prémaillon, M, Dewez, T, Regard, V, Rosser, N, Carretier, S & Guillen, L (Accepted). Conceptual model of fracture-limited sea cliff erosion: erosion of the seaward tilted flyschs of Socoa, Basque Country, France. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • Rosser, NJ, Kincey, ME, Oven, KJ, Densmore, AL, Robinson, TR, Pujara, DS, Shrestha, R, Smutny, J, Gurung, K, Lama, S & Dhital, MR (2021). Changing Significance of Landslide Hazard and Risk After The 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake. Progress in Disaster Science 10: 100159.
  • Kincey, Mark E., Rosser, Nick J., Robinson, Tom R., Densmore, Alexander L., Shrestha, Ram, Pujara, Dammar Singh, Oven, Katie J., Williams, Jack G. & Swirad, Zuzanna M. (2021). Evolution of coseismic and post‐seismic landsliding after the 2015 Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake, Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 126(3): e2020JF005803.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kennedy, David M., Woods, Josephine L.D., Naylor, Larissa A., Hansom, James D. & Rosser, Nick J. (2019). Intertidal boulder-based wave hindcasting can underestimate wave size: Evidence from Yorkshire, UK. Marine Geology 411: 98-106.
  • Milledge, D.G., Densmore, A.L., Bellugi, D., Rosser, N.J., Watt, J., Li, G. & Oven, K.J. (2019). Simple rules to minimise exposure to coseismic landslide hazard. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 19(4): 837-856.
  • Robinson, TR, Rosser, NJ & Walters, RJ (2019). The spatial and temporal influence of cloud cover on satellite-based emergency mapping of earthquake disasters. Scientific Reports 9: 12455
  • Vann Jones, E.C., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2018). Alongshore variability in wave energy transfer to coastal cliffs. Geomorphology 322: 1-14.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Davies, T.R.H., Wilson, T.M. & Orchiston, C. (2018). Near-real-time modelling of landslide impacts to inform rapid response: an example from the 2016 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): 1665-1682.
  • 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.
  • Williams, J.G., Rosser, N.J., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J., Oven, K.J., Densmore, A.L., Milledge, D.G., Robinson, T.R., Jordan, C.A. & Dijkstra, T.A. (2018). Satellite-based emergency mapping using optical imagery: experience and reflections from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 18: 185-205.
  • Benjamin, J., Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Hardy, R.J., Kelfoun, K. & Szczuciński, W. (2018). Transferability of a calibrated numerical model of rock avalanche run-out: application to 20 rock avalanches on the Nuussuaq Peninsula, West Greenland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43(15): 3057-3073.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Oven, K.J., Shrestha, S.N. & Guragain, R. (2018). Use of scenario ensembles for deriving seismic risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(41): E9532–E9541.
  • Kennedy, D.K., Vann Jones, E.C., Dickson, M.E. & Rosser, N.J. (2018). Wind waves and cliff shaking on macrotidal shore platforms: A case-study from North Yorkshire, U.K. Journal of Coastal Research (Special Issue 85): 436-440.
  • Kirkham, James D., Rosser, Nick J., Wainwright, John, Vann Jones (née Norman), Emma C., Dunning, Stuart A., Lane, Victoria S., Hawthorn, David E., Strzelecki, Mateusz C. & Szczuciński, Witold (2017). Drift-dependent changes in iceberg size-frequency distributions. Scientific Reports 7: 15991.
  • de Vilder, S.J., Rosser, N.J. & Brain, M.J. (2017). Forensic analysis of rockfall scars. Geomorphology 295: 202-214.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Williams, J.G., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J. & Bell, H.J.A. (2017). Rapid post-earthquake modelling of coseismic landslide magnitude and distribution for emergency response decision support. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions 17: 1521-1540.
  • Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L., Williams, J.G., Kincey, M.E., Benjamin, J. & Bell, H.J.A. (2017). Rapid post-earthquake modelling of coseismic landsliding intensity and distribution for emergency response decision support. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 17(9): 1521-1540.
  • Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J. & Tunstall, N. (2017). The control of earthquake sequences on hillslope stability. Geophysical Research Letters 44(2): 865-872.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Ivy-Ochs, S., Rosser, N.J., Kober, F., Schlunegger, F., McArdell, B. & Alfimov, V. (2016). Quantitative reconstruction of late Holocene surface evolution on an alpine debris-flow fan. Geomorphology 275: 46-57.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dunning, S.A., Rosser, N.J., McColl, S.T. & Reznichenko, N.V. (2015). Rapid sequestration of rock avalanche deposits within glaciers. Nature Communications 6: 7964.
  • Barlow, J., Barisin, I., Rosser, N., Petley, D., Densmore, A. & Wright, T. (2015). Seismically-induced mass movements and volumetric fluxes resulting from the 2010 Mw = 7.2 earthquake in the Sierra Cucapah, Mexico. Geomorphology 230: 138-145.
  • Parker, R.N., Hancox, G.T., Petley, D.N., Massey, C.I., Densmore, A.L. & Rosser, N.J. (2015). Spatial distributions of earthquake-induced landslides and hillslope preconditioning in northwest South Island, New Zealand. Earth Surface Dynamics 3(4): 501-525.
  • 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.
  • Davies, T.R.H., Beaven, S., Conradson, D., Densmore, A., Gaillard, J.C., Johnston, D., Milledge, D., Oven, K., Petley, D., Rigg, J., Robinson, T.R., Rosser, N. & Wilson, T. (2015). Towards disaster resilience: A scenario-based approach to co-producing and integrating hazard and risk knowledge. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 13: 242-247.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abellán, A, Oppikofer, T, Jaboyedoff, M, Rosser, NJ, Lim, M & Lato, MJ (2013). Terrestrial laser scanning of rock slope instabilities. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 80 - 97.
  • 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.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., Lim, M. & McArdell, B. (2011). Detection of surface change in complex topography using terrestrial laser scanning: application to the Illgraben debris-flow channel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 36(14): 1847-1859.
  • Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J. & McArdell, B.W. (2011). Dynamic controls on erosion and deposition on debris-flow fans. Geology 39(9): 827-830.
  • Parker, R.N., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., de Michele, M., Li, Y., Huang, R., Whadcoat, S. & Petley, D.N. (2011). Mass wasting triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake is greater than orogenic growth. Nature Geoscience 4(7): 449-452.
  • Cockell, C.S., Pybus, D., Olsson-Francis, K., Kelly, L., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Howard, K. & Mosselmans, F. (2011). Molecular characterization and geological microenvironment of a microbial community inhabiting weathered receding shale cliffs. Microbial Ecology 61(1): 166 - 181.
  • Lim, M., Rosser, N.J., Allison, R. & Petley, D.N. (2010). Erosional processes in the hard rock coastal cliffs at Staithes, North Yorkshire. Geomorphology 114(1-2): 12-21.
  • Quinn, J.D., Rosser, N.J., Murphy, W. & Lawrence, J.A. (2010). Identifying the behavioural characteristics of clay cliffs using intensive monitoring and geotechnical numerical modelling. Geomorphology 120(3-4): 107-122.
  • Sapsford, M, Petley, D.N., Barlow, J., Brain, M., Lim, M., Norman, E. & Rosser, N.J. (2010). The analysis of evaporites from the area around Boulby, North Yorkshire. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 74(12): A909-A909.
  • Dunning, S.A., Rosser, N.J. & Massey, C.I. (2010). The integration of terrestrial laser scanning and numerical modelling in landslide investigations. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 43(2): 233-247.
  • Parker, R.N., Rosser, N.J., Densmore, A.L. & Petley, D.N. (2009). Investigating controls on the spatial distribution of landslides triggered by the Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan Province, China. Proceedings of the Annual General Conference of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society
  • Dunning, S.A., Massey, C.I. & Rosser, N.J. (2009). Structural and geomorphological features of landslides in the Bhutan Himalaya derived from Terrestrial Laser Scanning. Geomorphology 103(1): 17-29.
  • Rosser, N.J., Lim, M., Petley, D.N., Dunning, S.A. & Allison, R. (2007). Patterns of precursory rockfall prior to slope failure. Journal of Geophysical Research (Earth Surface) 112(F4): F04014.
  • Dunning, S.A., Mitchell, W.A., Rosser, N.J. & Petley, D.N. (2007). The hattian bala rock avalanche and associated landslides triggered by the Kashmir earthquake of 8 October 2005. Engineering Geology 93: 130-144.
  • Petley, D.N., Hearn, G.J., Hart, A., Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Oven, K. & Mitchell, W.A. (2007). Trends in landslide occurrence in Nepal. Natural Hazards 43(1): 23-44.
  • Dunning, S. A., Rosser, N. J., Petley, D. N. & Massey, C. R. (2006). Formation and failure of the Tsatichhu landslide dam, Bhutan. Landslides 3(2): 107-113.
  • Díaz-Andreu, M., Brooke, C., Rainsbury, M. & Rosser, N. (2006). The Spiral that Vanished: The Application of Non-Contact Recording Techniques to an Elusive Rock Art Motif at Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria. Journal of Archaeological Science 33(11): 1580-1587.
  • Lim, M., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Allison, R.J., Long, A.J. & Pybus, D. (2005). Combined digital photogrammetry and time-of-flight laser scanning for monitoring cliff evolution. The Photogrammetric Record 20(110): 109-129.
  • Díaz-Andreu, Margarita, Hobbs, Richard, Rosser, Nick, Sharpe, Kate & Trinks, Immo (2005). Long Meg: Rock Art Recording Using 3D Laser Scanning. Past 50: 2-6.
  • Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M., Dunning, S.A. & Allison, R.J. (2005). Terrestrial laser scanning for monitoring the process of hard rock coastal cliff erosion. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 38(4): 363-375.
  • Migoń, P., Goudie, A., Allison, R. & Rosser, N. (2005). The origin and evolution of footslope ramps in the sandstone desert environment of south-west Jordan. Journal of Arid Environments 60(2): 303-320.
  • Kemeling, I., Scott, I.M., Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Allison, R J. & Long, A.J. (2004). Data driven modelling of a complex mining subsidence process. Proceedings of the SPIE International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Masplalomas Gran Ganaria September 2004.
  • A.S. Goudie, P. Migon, R.J. Allison & N. Rosser (2002). Sandstone geomorphology of the Al-Quwayra area of south Jordan. Zeitschrift Fur Geomorphologie 46(3): 365-390.
  • Allison, R.J., Grove, J.R., Higgitt, D.L., Kirk, A.J., Rosser, N.J. & Warburton, J. (2000). Geomorphology of the eastern Badia basalt plateau, Jordan. Geographical Journal 166: 352-370.

Conference Paper

  • Rosser, N.J., Lim, M. & Petley, D.N. (2009), Monitoring and modelling deformation on failing slopes: implication for understanding landslide failure, Proceedings of the World Landslide Forum Satellite Conference, Sendai, Japan The World Landslide Forum Satellite Conference. Sendai, Japan, Japan Landslide Society.
  • Rosser, N.J. & Petley, D.N. (2008), Monitoring and modeling of slope movement on rock cliffs prior to failure, in Chen, Z., Zhang, J.M., Li, Z.K., Wu, F.Q. & Ho, K. eds, 10th International Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes. Xian, People's Republic of China, CRC Press Taylor-Francis, Boca Raton, 1265-1271.

Conference Proceeding

  • Petley, D.N., Rosser, N.J., Dunning, S.A., Mitchell, W. & Kausar, A-B. (2007). Earthquake induced ground deformation caused by the Mw = 7.6 Kashmir Earthquake.
  • Petley, D.N. & Rosser, N.J. (2006). On the mechanics of a typhoon-induced landslide.