Dr Liam Reinhardt
Lecturer in Physical Geography

Research

Research interests

My research interests lie in the broad field of landscape response to perturbations over a wide range of time scales. My research encompasses topics as diverse as the growth of mountains ranges over millions of years and late Holocene catchment response to a) storm track changes linked to the North Atlantic Oscillation, and b) land use change in French Alps. I am very interested in the theory of complexity science and how it might inform prediction of landscape responses to perturbations. Methodologically, I have applied a wide range of field based techniques such as cosmogenic nuclide erosion rate estimation and optically stimulated luminescence depositional age measurement together with advanced statistical modelling to investigate landscape development.

Research projects

Much of my current research hinges on the realisation that life and landscape are inextricably linked though feedbacks across a range of scales. The landscape in which most of us live arose not through the incremental working of abiotic physical processes but through the interaction and modification of these processes by ‘life’, be it human or otherwise. I am currently leading a project that aims to place human activities such as mining and agriculture into the geomorphic paradigm of process and form. If successful this project will provide a framework for understanding and predicting landscape development in response to land use change over decades to centauries.

Research networks

Member of NSF funded LIFE (Linked Institutions for Future Earth) with a focus on Earth surface system vulnerability

Contributed to two  White paper submissions to the National Research Council on the future of Earth Surface studies in the USA.

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