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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Nick Rosser, PhD

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41918
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: IHRR 319

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Research interests

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.

Research Groups

Research Projects

Research Interests

  • Landslide hazard and risk
  • Rock slope failure
  • 3D terrestrial monitoring
  • Rock coast evolution

Selected Publications

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Selected Grants

  • 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)