Welcome to Aeolian Geomorphology at King's College London - Department of Geography

Aeolian geomorphology is an exciting and vibrant area of scientific research into the workings of wind and sediments, from the long-term evolution of dune fields in deserts and coastal systems, to the small-scale movement of sand grains by turbulent eddies and gusts.

Our research is focussed on two main topics:

  • Physics of aeolian sediment transport by boundary layer turbulence, including: formation and behavior of aeolian streamers and their impact on spatio-temporal transport variability, transport models and field measurements; interaction between turbulence and transport, resolving methodological and conceptual differences between aerodynamics, meteorology and aeolian geomorphology
  • Models of dune landscape development with emphasis on the role of vegetation, including: application of non-linear dynamics and self-organization to simulating dune fields in coastal and arid environments; testing models using morphological quantification; fundamental issues in modelling and uniting process and form in geomorphology.

Underlying and supporting the above research efforts is an overall interest in novel instrumentation (e.g. Safires) and techniques for field measurement and data analysis (e.g. wavelet analysis).

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banner images (from left): 1) barchanoid transverse dunes, photo copyright © Patrick Hesp 2002, 2) marram grass on coastal foredune, 3) streamers at Camber Sands, England, photo copyright © Andreas Baas 2006, 4) barchan field in Chad from remote sensing imagery, courtesy of Nick Drake.