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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Professor Antony Long

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41913
Fax: +44 (0)191 33 41801
Room number: S109

Contact Professor Antony Long (email at a.j.long@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I am a Physical Geographer with research expertise in past and future sea-level change.

I am a former European lead of PALSEA2, a PAGES IGBP, INQUA, WUN working group that focused on using past changes in sea level and information about the Earth's cryosphere to constrain future sea-level rise. I am Associate Editor of Journal of Quaternary Science (and was Editor in Chief (2010-2014)), am a member of the NERC Peer Review College and am Chair of the NERC Radiocarbon Facility Committee. I was co-leader of the International Geoscience Programme IGCP Project 495 "Quaternary Land-Ocean Interactions: driving mechanisms and coastal responses".

I have been Head of Durham's Department of Geography twice, served on the University's Council for 7 years, and am currently Durham University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.

Sea-level and glacial history of the polar ice sheets

I have a long-standing interest in the Late Quaternary history of the Greenland Ice Sheet, using relative sea-level data to constrain the timing and nature of ice load change over a range of time scales. In the last thousand years, salt marsh sediment sequences provide high precision measurements of land motions and provide a bridge between geological trends and measurements determined using GPS and other survey methods. 

Late Quaternary sea-level changes

The past can provide useful insights into how sea level may change in the future. A current area of work is looking at previous interglacials, testing the evidence for sudden jumps that may record past episodes of ice sheet collapse. We have recently published a review of the evidence for sea-level variability in the last interglacial in northwest Europe (Long et al., 2015). As part of the PALSE2 consortium, I am also co-author of a review of polar ice sheet contributions to past sea level during previous warm periods, published in the journal Science (Dutton et al., 2015).

Holocene coastal evolution

I have worked extensively on reconstructing patterns of coastal evolution on a range of passive and tectonically active coastal margins. Using methods developed on stable coastal margins, I have worked with Professor Ian Shennan to develop new approaches to reconstructing sea-level motions on the Cascadia subduction zone of Washington and Oregon, USA. Currently, I am working on evidence for the Storegga Slide tsunami in NW Scotland (Long et al., 2016), and on iceberg-roll tsunami records preserved in isolation basins in West Greenland (Long et al., 2015).

Holocene sea-level change and climate in the Atlantic

An important research focus is reconstructing the patterns and causes of sea-level variability in the Atlantic during the Holocene, especially after the Laurentide Ice Sheet had completed melting (c. 7000 BP to present). Recent studies focussed on climate-driven sea-level changes in the last 2000 years include records from the UK, Iceland and North America(Barlow et al., 2013, 2014; Long et al., 2014; Saher et al., 2015). 

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Long, A.J. Past and future sea-level change in Yorkshire. In: Atherden, M. Global Warming: A Yorkshire Perspective. PLACE Research Centre; 2003:71-88.
  • Long, A.J., Scaife, R.G. & Edwards, R.G. Stratigraphic architecture, relative sea level, and models of estuary development in southern England: new data from Southampton Water. In: Pye, K. & Allen, J.R.L. Coastal and Estuarine Environments: Sedimentology, Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology. Geological Society; 2000:253-279.
  • Long, A.J., Innes, J.B., Shennan, I. & Tooley, M.J. Coastal stratigraphy: a case study from Johns River, Washington. In: Jones, A.P., Tucker, M.E. & Hart, J.K. The description and analysis of Quaternary stratigraphic field sections. Quaternary Research Association Technical Guide 7, Quarternary Research Association; 1999:267-286.
  • Spencer, C., Plater, A.J. & Long, A.J. Holocene barrier estuary evolution: the sedimentary record of the Walland Marsh region. In: Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Oxford University Committee for Achaeology Monograph; 1998:13-29.
  • Long, A.J. & Innes, J.B. Midley Church Bank. In: Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Quaternary Reserach Association; 1998:87.
  • Dix, J., Long, A.J. & Cook, R. The evolution of Rye Bay and the Dungeness Foreland: New evidence from the offshore record. In: Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Romney Marsh: Environmetal Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph; 1998:1-12.
  • Long, A.J., Waller, M.P., Hughes, P.D.M. & Spencer, C. Vegetation history and coastal evolution of Romney Marsh proper. In: Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph; 1998:45-63.
  • Waller, M.P., Long, A.J., Long, D.J. & Innes, J.B. Walland Marsh: wetland vegetation dynamics, sea-level change and coastal evolution. In: Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association; 1998:70-81.
  • Long, A.J. & Roberts, D.H. Sea-level change. In: Fulford, M., Champion, T. & Long, A.J. England's Coastal Heritage: A Survey for English Heritage and the RCHME. English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Archaeological Report; 1997:25-49.
  • Long, A.J. & Innes, J.B. A palaeoenvironmental investigation of the Midley Sand, Roment Marsh, Kent. In: Eddison, J. Romney Marsh: the Debatable Ground. 1995:37-50.
  • Scaife, R.G. & Long, A.J. Evidence for Holocene sea-level changes at Caldicot Pill, the Seven Estuary. In: Bell, M. Archaeology in the Seven estuary 1994. Annual report of the Seven Estuary Levels Research Committee. 1995:81-86.
  • Long, A.J. Sea-level and crustal movements in the Thames estuary, Essex and East Kent. In: Bridgland, D.R., Allen, P. & Haggart, B.A. The Quaternary of the Lower Thames: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association; 1995:99-105.
  • Plater, A.J. & Long, A.J. The morphology and evolution of Denge Beach and Denge Marsh, Romney Marsh. In: Eddison, J. Romney Marsh: the Debatable Ground. Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph Series; 1995:8-21.
  • Long, A.J. The East Kent Fens. In: Jennings, S. Field Excursion Guide, IGCP Project 274 UK Working Group: Coastal Evolution of the Quaternary. 1990.

Edited book

  • Long, A.J., Hipkin, S. & Clarke, H. Romney Marsh: Coastal and Landscape Change Through the Ages. Oxford: Oxbow; 2002.
  • Eddison, J., Gardiner, M. & Long, A.J. Romney Marsh: Environmental Change and Human Occupation in a Coastal Lowland. Oxford: Oxbow; 1998.
  • Murton, J.B., Whiteman, C.A., Bates, M.R., Bridgland, D.R., Long, A.J., Roberts, M.B. & Waller, M.P. The Quaternary of Kent and Sussex: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association; 1998.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Long, A.J. Holocene sea-level changes in the East Ken Fens. 1991.

Edited Journal

Other (Print)

  • Long, A.J., Dix, J.C., Lloyd Jones, D., Roberts, D.H., Kirby, R., Croudance, I.W., Cundy, A.B., Roberts, A. & Shennan, I. Bridgwater Bay - Long term stability study. 2002;102pp.

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Selected Grants

  • 2011: Late glacial sea level minima in the Western British Isles (£213103.78 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2011: Using Inter-Glacials to Assess Future Sea-Level Scenarios (iGlass) (£310216.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2009: North Atlantic sea-level variability during the last half-millennium (£178674.13 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2007: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 4 (CLIMATE CHANGE) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2007: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 6 (RISK,SECURITY & TERROR) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: Constraining Greenland ice sheet mass balance usin (£123837.25 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 1 (VOLCANIC HAZARDS) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 2 (LANDSLIDE HAZARD) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 3 (CLIMATE CHANGE) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: IHRR FELLOWSHIP 5 (RISK AND TECHNOLOGY) (£125000.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2005: DEPOSITIONAL AND LANDSCAPE HISTORIES OF DUNGENESS (£41453.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2004: A1 DISHFORTH TO BARTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE (£22479.17 from Amec Foster Wheeler Group Ltd)
  • 2004: HARTLEPOOL SUBMERGED FOREST PROJECT (£3650.00 from Hartlepool Borough Council)
  • 2003: CONTRACT TO DETERMINE THE LOCATION (£7950.00 from English Nature)
  • 2002: DEPOSITIONAL HISTORY OF DUNGENESS FORELAND (£190832.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2002: LATE QUATERNARY LANDSCAPE OF THE SWALE (£166851.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2002: RYE,ROMNEY MARSH,SUSSEX:EVOLUTION,ARCHAEOLOGY (£115787.00 from The English Heritage Trust)
  • 2001: CONTINENT (£60700.00 from European Commission)
  • 2000: BRIDGWATER BAY - LONG TERM STABILITY STUDY (£60445.00 from West Somerset District Council)
  • 2000: KANO-MARADI STUDY OF LONG TERM CHANGE (£2770.00 from )
  • 1999: ARCICE (£52362.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
  • 1999: ICE SHEET DYNAMICS IN WEST GREENLAND (£85836.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)