José Andrés López Tarazón
I am a fluvial geomorphologist with research interests in sediment transport, fluvial processes and catchment hydrology. My research covers 7 specific areas: i) Sediment transport; ii) Fluvial dynamics and processes; iii) Sediment loads and reservoir siltation; iv) Sediment transport monitoring and modelling; v) Catchment hydrology; vi) Relations between hydraulics, sediments and invertebrates (Eco-Hydrology); vii) Tracing and fingerprinting of sediment sources. I have authored papers (both published and/or in press) covering each of these areas, been the lead author of the majority of these papers, and the majority of the co-authors are leading international scientists. My PhD research linked catchment hydrology to sediment transport. Since then I have been working on a number of collaborative national and international projects related to this link. My involvement in all of these projects extends from initial development of the application to design and execution of the research strategies. I have also broadened my interests in sediment transport, catchment hydrology and morphosedimentary and ecological dynamics in both large and upland rivers by: i) Monitoring and modelling sediment transport dynamics in representative catchments and reaches; ii) Analysing river morphosedimentary structure and physical habitat; iii) Comparing sedimentary processes; and iv) Assessing river impacts in light of global change scenarios. These projects, and indeed most of my work nowadays, involves monitoring and field sampling using state-of the art techniques: i) latest-generation terrestrial laser scanning systems; ii) aerial (BLIMP) photography and UAV; iii) Acoustic Doppler profiling; iv) particle radiofrequency tracking systems; v) high-range turbidimeters, together with advanced automatic sampling stations, measuring wash and bed-load sediment transport and hydraulic parameters. All projects also required my contribution to data processing and analysis including the use of various GIS tools, geospatial analysis, and hydrological and sedimentological modelling. Over the same period I have been able to develop my own new research lines and projects (a part from those already established with my PhD supervisors) in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of Liverpool and the University of the Balearic Islands (i.e. using different finger printing techniques to trace suspended sediment on Mediterranean mesoscale catchments) and with the Liverpool John Moores University (i.e. evaluation of the hydrological, sedimentological and geomorphological impacts and adjustments of an anthropogenically modified river system in UK, together with the impact of global change on its hydro-sedimentological behaviour).
From September 2013 until September 2014 I worked as Lecturer in Geography in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at the Liverpool John Moores University, being the leader of the modules Geomorphology and GIS and GIS in Natural Hazards, and collaborating in several more modules on the Geography degree. I also supervised ten undergraduate students on their final research project. Currently I am in receipt of a Beatriu de Pinós 2-yr research fellowship (BP-DGR) based at the University of Potsdam to develop a research project directed to improve our understanding of the hydro-geomorphological hazards derived from flooding and associated with global change.
Address: Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany