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Durham University

Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Professor Rob Ferguson, MA, PhD (Cantab.)

Professor in the Department of Geography

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Professor of Physical Geography 2004-09, now Emeritus. Previously at Hull (1971-77), Stirling (1977-89), and Sheffield (1989-2004). Past Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology and recipient of its Linton Award for outstanding long-term contribution to the discipline.

Research Interests

I'm a mathematically-minded physical geographer known mainly for work on river channel form and process, though also for papers on sediment yield, meltwater hydrology, and the estimation of river loads. My research combines theoretically-informed analysis of field measurements with empirically-tested mathematical or numerical modelling at a range of scales. Current interests include flow resistance and entrainment in shallow streams, processes in mixed alluvial/bedrock channels, modelling gravel transfers in Fraser River (Canada), and methodological issues in geomorphological modelling.

Research Groups

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Edited book

  • Bates, P.D., Lane, S.N. & Ferguson, R.I. Computational Fluid Dynamics: Applications in Environmental Hydraulics. John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2005.

Chapter in book

  • Ferguson, R Reach-scale flow resistance. In: Shroder J F (Editor-in-chief) & Wohl, E (Volume Editor) Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press; 2013:50-68.
  • Ferguson, R. & Hoey, T. Effects of tributaries on main-channel geomorphology. In: Rice, S.P., Roy, A.G. & Rhoads, B.L. River Confluences, Tributaries and the Fluvial Network. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2008:183-208.
  • Ferguson, R. Gravel-bed rivers at the reach scale. In: Habersack, H., Piegay, H. & Rinaldi, M. Gravel-Bed Rivers VI: From Process Understanding to River Restoration. Amsterdam.: Elsevier; 2008:33-53.

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