Sussex appoints UK’s first Chair in Applied Geomorphology

Professor Roger Moore
Professor Roger Moore

Sussex appoints UK’s first Chair in Applied Geomorphology

The UK’s first Chair in Applied Geomorphology is slope and landslide guru Professor Roger Moore who will perform his new University of Sussex post alongside his long-standing role as Director (Geotechnics & Engineering Geomorphology) for international engineering company Halcrow Group.

In his new role, Professor Moore will oversee the development of a unique new Masters programme in Applied Geomorphology commencing in October 2011. Find more information here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s­tudy/pg/20­11/taught/­1660/23690 . He will also oversee Sussex’s collaboration with industry through geomorphology research and consultancy.

Geomorphologists seek to understand why landscapes look the way they do, to understand landform history and dynamics and to predict future changes. The discipline has a variety of uses from risk assessment of coastal defences, landslide and ocean floor stability to river flooding prediction and upland peat erosion mapping.

Sussex aims to be one of the leading universities in the UK for research and teaching in geomorphology and other closely allied areas. This strategic partnership with Halcrow Group is crucial to achieving this ambition and building the Sussex-Halcrow team into a world-leading training centre for applied geomorphology and for consultancy and research activities in this field is a key action for 2011.

Professor Bob Alison, Professor of Geography and Sussex’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: "We are delighted to have Professor Moore at the helm of this new initiative. The application of geomorphology - the study of earth-surface processes and landforms - to engineering and construction projects and environmental management is increasingly important to the UK and global economy."

Halcrow’s Regional Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, Neil Johnstone, said:

"This is excellent recognition for Roger and his exemplary leadership of our dedicated geomorphology team. Through his years of working in this area he has skillfully blended his state-of-the-art scientific knowledge with the practicalities of capturing and interpreting data. His new role at Sussex University is a perfect way of growing knowledge and advancing our skills experience - a core feature of our corporate strategy."

Professor Moore has over 22 years experience of geomorphological investigations, analysis and solutions for engineering, planning, development and environmental projects worldwide. He is head of Halcrow’s engineering geomorphology and geohazards team, the UK’s largest group of its kind. He is co-author of four books and has published over 50 technical papers in his discipline.