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Colin Thorne

Professor of Physical Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Colin Thorne is a fluvial geomorphologist with an educational background in environmental sciences, civil engineering and physical geography. He has published 9 books and over 120 journal papers and book chapters. During a career spanning four decades, has held academic posts at UEA, Colorado State University, the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory, USACE Waterways Experiment Station, NOAA Fisheries, and the University of Nottingham. He is also a Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University and an Affiliate Professor at Colorado State University.

Expertise Summary

Colin Thorne is a river scientist with particular expertise in erosion, sediment transport and sedimentation. He also has skills in expert knowledge elicitation and qualitative assessment.

Teaching Summary

My teaching interests centre on river science and applied geomorphology, with an emphasis on river, flood risk and sediment management. I am also interested in lifelong learning and in-post training… read more

Research Summary

Flood Risk Management Research; China-UK Joint Flood Study in the Taihu Basin (Shanghai); Foresight on Future Flood and Erosion Risks; Predicting River Bank Stability; Predicting the locations of… read more

Selected Publications

My teaching interests centre on river science and applied geomorphology, with an emphasis on river, flood risk and sediment management. I am also interested in lifelong learning and in-post training for river scientists and engineers.

Current Research

Flood Risk Management Research; China-UK Joint Flood Study in the Taihu Basin (Shanghai); Foresight on Future Flood and Erosion Risks; Predicting River Bank Stability; Predicting the locations of ephemeral cropland gullies; Channel restoration design; River Sediments, Habitats and Maintenance in the UK; Sediment studies for the Lower Missippi River; Geomorphology and Sedimentation in the Brahmaputra River, Bangladesh; Bend migration prediction in meandering rivers; Upland land management impacts on flood risk; Lowland land management impacts on flood risk; Flood risk due to debris at structures; Salmon Recovery in US West Coast Rivers.

Past Research

Mississippi River; Missouri River; Yangtze River and TGP; Rio Salado, River Indus; Terrain Analysis; Cowlitz-Tiutle River system, Washington State.

Future Research

Dynamics of Large Woody Debris in Rivers; Foresight on Future Flooda dn Coastal Erosion Risks in the USA; River restoration for Salmon Recovery.

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