Dr Nick Rosser, PhD
My primary research is focused upon the recognition of the role of material deformation characteristics in controlling the spatial and temporal nature of slope failure. My research uses the extension of new theoretical models, which underpin the most recent developments in the understanding the mechanics of slope failure, from the laboratory to the field. From a risk management perspective this concerns broadly the critical elements of when, where and how slopes fail. I have led the development and use of 3D terrestrial imaging techniques to describe and monitoring slope failure, and have developed the most extensive monitoring datasets on rockslopes failures worldwide. Original research on rockfall patterns is now being rolled-out into direct industrial applications in slope safety monitoring system for mines through collaborations with leading SMEs in this field as a direct pathway to generate impact from my research. More widely, I am actively engaged in research on natural hazards and risk, and the global and local impacts of disasters, reflected in the interests of those in my research group. The nature of this work, including its engagement with emerging technologies, requires interdisciplinary collaborations with Earth Scientists, Engineers and Social Scientists, and so sits squarely within the research strategy of the Department of Geography, and the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.
- Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity (COBRA)
- Debris Flow Fan Dynamics (2008 - 2011)
- Monitoring Programme for the Whitby TV Mast Site
- Landslide hazard and risk
- Rock slope failure
- 3D terrestrial monitoring
- Rock coast evolution
- Vann Jones (née Norman), E. C., Rosser, N. J., Brain, M. J. & Petley, D. N. Quantifying the environmental controls on erosion of a hard rock cliff. Marine Geology. 2015;363:230-242.
- Dunning, S.A., Rosser, N.J., McColl, S.T. & Reznichenko, N.V. Rapid sequestration of rock avalanche deposits within glaciers. Nature Communications. 2015;6:7964.
- Barlow, J., Barisin, I., Rosser, N., Petley, D., Densmore, A. & Wright, T. Seismically-induced mass movements and volumetric fluxes resulting from the 2010 Mw = 7.2 earthquake in the Sierra Cucapah, Mexico. Geomorphology. 2015;230:138-145.
- Parker, R.N., Hancox, G.T., Petley, D.N., Massey, C.I., Densmore, A.L. & Rosser, N.J. Spatial distributions of earthquake-induced landslides and hillslope preconditioning in northwest South Island, New Zealand. Earth Surface Dynamics. 2015;3:501-525.
- Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Sutton, J., Snelling, K., Tunstall, N. & Petley, D.N. The effects of normal and shear stress wave phasing on coseismic landslide displacement. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 2015;120:1009-1022.
- Brain, M.J., Rosser, N.J., Norman, E.C. & Petley, D.N. Are microseismic ground displacements a significant geomorphic agent?. Geomorphology. 2014;207:161-173.
- Norman, E.C., Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J., Petley, D.N. & Lim, M. Coastal cliff-top ground motions as proxies for environmental processes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans. 2013;118:6807 - 6823.
- Rosser, N.J., Brain, M.J., Petley, D.N., Lim, M. & Norman, E.C. Coastline retreat via progressive failure of rocky coastal cliffs. Geology. 2013;41:939-942.
- Abellán, A, Oppikofer, T, Jaboyedoff, M, Rosser, NJ, Lim, M & Lato, MJ Terrestrial laser scanning of rock slope instabilities. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 2013;80 - 97.
- Barlow, J., Lim, M., Rosser, N.J., Petley, D.N., Brain, M.J., Norman, E.C. & Geer, M. Modeling cliff erosion using negative power law scaling of rockfalls. Geomorphology. 2012;139-140:416–424.
- Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., Lim, M. & McArdell, B. Detection of surface change in complex topography using terrestrial laser scanning: application to the Illgraben debris-flow channel. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 2011;36:1847-1859.
- Schürch, P., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J. & McArdell, B.W. Dynamic controls on erosion and deposition on debris-flow fans. Geology. 2011;39:827-830.
- Parker, R.N., Densmore, A.L., Rosser, N.J., de Michele, M., Li, Y., Huang, R., Whadcoat, S. & Petley, D.N. Mass wasting triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake is greater than orogenic growth. Nature Geoscience. 2011;4:449-452.
- 2014: Cleveland Potash Contract 2014 - 2018, Cleveland Potash Ltd, 2014 - 18
- 2012: Coastal Behaviour and Rates of Activity, Cleveland Potash Ltd, 2012 - 15
- 2012: SlopeMonitor, 3D Laser Mapping Ltd, 2012 - 15. TSB-KTP Project
- 2011: Cowbar Coastal Monitoring and Environmental Data, R&CBC, 2011 - 15
- 2008: ANALOGUE MODELLING (£87981.25 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
- 2008: WHITBY COASTAL STRATEGY (£21500.00 from Royal Haskoning UK Ltd)
- 2006: WHITBY EAST CLIFF MONITORING (£15409.90 from National Grid Wireless)