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Department of Geography

Current Postgraduate Students

Dr Emma Norman

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41843
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: 310

Contact Dr Emma Norman (email at e.c.norman@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

  • 2012 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Durham University.
  • 2007 - 2011: PhD, Durham University: ‘Microseismic monitoring of the controls on coastal rock cliff erosion’.
  • 2005 - 2007: Catchment Flood Management Plan Project Manager, Environment Agency, Bridgwater.
  • 2004 - 2005: Technical Officer, Water Quality Policy, Environment Agency, Bristol.
  • 2003 - 2004: MSc, Environmental Water Management, Cranfield University.
  • 2000 - 2003: Bsc, Environmental Science, University of Brighton.

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding current landform and surface change and the environmental and material processes that control this. I am keen on developing and applying new field and data analysis techniques to address the questions and problems that traditional approaches have been unable to answer or tackle. Currently my work is largely focussed on:

  • Quantifying rates and exploring patterns of hard rock coastal cliff erosion using terrestrial laser scanning, and exploring the sea’s influence on rock cliff erosion using cliff microseismic motions as proxies for marine forcing;
  • Exploring the processes and rates of iceberg break-up in West Greenland using microseismic signals of iceberg failure processes.

Research Groups

Selected Publications

Books: sections

  • 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 papers: academic

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