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Dr

Richard Johnson

  • Reader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • Email: R.Johnson@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 441225876519
  • School or Department: CoLA - Culture and Environment
  • Campus: Newton Park
  • Office: NP.CN.113
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Personal statement

I joined Bath Spa University in 2011 from engineering consultancy (Halcrow Group Limited [Now CH2MHill], Birmingham), where I was a Geomorphologist and Project Manager. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in Physical Geography and Geography Course Leader at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). My degrees are from Nottingham (BSc) and Durham (PhD). I specialise in upland/ mountain geomorphology and applied fluvial geomorphology.

Research

My research is concerned with sediment fluxes in mountainous catchments using a combination of traditional and digital technologies [TLS and dGPS], flood geomorphology/ palaeohydrology of mountain rivers, and the appraisal of hazard/risk/vulnerability/resilience in mountain catchments. These investigations apply scientific and multi-disciplinary approaches to the benefit of societal stakeholders. Current work focuses on two regions: (1) Indian Himalayas; (2) English Lake District and Northern England.

Applied Geomorphological Consultancy Services

I provide applied geomorphological services to national and international clients considering issues associated with rivers, landslides, coastal margins, and upland wind farms. My particular areas of expertise relates to river catchments, including the characterisation/ reconnaissance of channel corridors; flood impact and sediment dynamics assessments; appraisal of engineering structure addition or removal; and integrated channel restoration and design. I continue to provide specialist professional advice to clients on these issues. In recognition of my practice and continuing professional development in these fields I am both a Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Geomorphologist (CGeog [Geomorph]).

Teaching

I am Module Leader for:

  1. GE 5019-20 Environmental Hazards- a module exploring hazard and risk, and their assessment and management.
  2. GE 5025-20 Geographical Fieldwork- a residential fieldwork module which explores the impacts of hazard processes and development pressures in Northern India (Punjab Plains and the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh).
  3. GE 6001-40 Dissertation- a supervised, but student self led final year research project.

I also contribute to a number of other modules here at Bath Spa, drawing on my combined academic and commercial backgrounds. As well as delivering leading edge material in my own modules, I continually develop my teaching experience and professional skills through training events and peer review.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Nottingham
  • PhD Durham

Professional qualifications

  • FRGS
  • FGS
  • CGeog (Geomorph)
  • CGeol

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG)
  • Fellow of the Geological Society (London)
  • Member, British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
  • Member, BSG Upland Sediment Budget Working Group
  • Member, International Association of Geomorphologists, SEDIBUD working group
  • Member, International Association of Geomorphologists, APPGEMA working group
  • Member, European Science Foundation, SEDIFLUX working group
  • Member, Cumberland Geological Society

Other external roles

  • Expert peer reviewer for: Geomorphology, Geografiska Annaler A, Pearson Education.

Teaching specialism

Mountain/ Upland Geomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Applied Geomorphology, Research Methods, International Field Work.

Research and academic outputs

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Village heritage and resilience in damaging floods and debris flows, Kullu Valley, Indian Himalaya
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Johnson, R.M, Edwards, E, Gardner, J and Mohan, B (2014) 'Village heritage and resilience in damaging floods and debris flows, Kullu Valley, Indian Himalaya.' In: Convery, I, Corsane, G and Davis, P, eds. Displaced heritage: responses to disaster, trauma, and loss. Heritage matters . Boydell Press, Woodbridge, pp. 207-224. ISBN 9781843839637


Spatial and short-term sediment budget dynamics of a mountain torrent
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Johnson, R.M (2006) 'Spatial and short-term sediment budget dynamics of a mountain torrent.' In: Beylich, A, ed. Abstracts and Proceedings of the Geological Society of Norway. Norsk Geologiske Forening, Trondheim, p. 47. ISBN 8292394338


Episodic discharge of coarse sediment in a mountain torrent
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2006) 'Episodic discharge of coarse sediment in a mountain torrent.' In: Rowan, J, Duck, R and Werrity, A, eds. Sediment Dynamics and Hydromorphology of Fluvial Systems. IAHS Publications, Dundee, pp. 64-71.


Regional assessment of contemporary debris flow activity in Lake District mountain catchments, northern England: occurrence, scale, and process
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2003) 'Regional assessment of contemporary debris flow activity in Lake District mountain catchments, northern England: occurrence, scale, and process.' In: Rickenmann, D and Chen, C, eds. Debris flow hazards mitigation: mechanics, production and assessment. MillPress, Rotterdam, pp. 965-976. ISBN 907701778X


Sediment erosion dynamics of a gullied debris slide: a medium-term record
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2015) 'Sediment erosion dynamics of a gullied debris slide: a medium-term record.' Catena, 127. pp. 152-169. ISSN 0341-8162


Reactivation of the coastal landslide system at Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire, UK
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Johnson, R.M and Fish, P (2012) 'Reactivation of the coastal landslide system at Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire, UK.' Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 59 (1). pp. 77-89. ISSN 2041-4811


Evaluating the significance of event and post-event sediment dynamics in a first order tributary using multiple sediment budgets
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Johnson, R.M, Warburton, J, Mills, A and Winter, C (2010) 'Evaluating the significance of event and post-event sediment dynamics in a first order tributary using multiple sediment budgets.' Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 92 (2). pp. 189-209. ISSN 1468-0459


Hillslope–channel sediment transfer in a slope failure event: Wet Swine Gill, Lake District, northern England
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Johnson, R.M, Warburton, J and Mills, A (2008) 'Hillslope–channel sediment transfer in a slope failure event: Wet Swine Gill, Lake District, northern England.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 33 (3). pp. 394-413. ISSN 1096-9837


Significance of event versus post-event sediment transfer processes in a UK upland sediment system
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2008) 'Significance of event versus post-event sediment transfer processes in a UK upland sediment system.' NGU Rapport, 2008 (058). ISSN 0800-3416


Assessment of shallow landslide activity following the January 2005 storm, North Cumbria
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Johnson, R.M, Warburton, J and Milledge, D (2008) 'Assessment of shallow landslide activity following the January 2005 storm, North Cumbria.' Proceedings of the Cumberland Geological Society, 7 (3). pp. 263-284.


Spatial and short-term sediment budget dynamics of a mountain torrent
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Johnson, R.M (2006) 'Spatial and short-term sediment budget dynamics of a mountain torrent.' NGU Rapport, 069. p. 47. ISSN 0800-3416


Variability in sediment supply, transfer and deposition in an upland torrent system: Iron Crag, northern England
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2006) 'Variability in sediment supply, transfer and deposition in an upland torrent system: Iron Crag, northern England.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 31 (7). pp. 844-861. ISSN 1096-9837


Wildfire
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Johnson, R.M (2004) 'Wildfire.' Planet Earth. pp. 14-15. ISSN 1479-2605


Mountain torrents
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Johnson, R.M (2004) 'Mountain torrents.' Geography Review, 17 (5). pp. 24-26. ISSN 0950-7035


Discussion on 'the extent of soil erosion in upland England and Wales'
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Johnson, R.M, Warburton, J and Evans, M (2003) 'Discussion on 'the extent of soil erosion in upland England and Wales'.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 28 (2). pp. 219-223. ISSN 1096-9837


Flooding and geomorphic impacts in a mountain torrent: Raise Beck, central Lake District, England
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2002) 'Flooding and geomorphic impacts in a mountain torrent: Raise Beck, central Lake District, England.' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 27 (9). pp. 945-969. ISSN 1096-9837


Annual sediment budget of a UK mountain torrent
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Johnson, R.M and Warburton, J (2002) 'Annual sediment budget of a UK mountain torrent.' Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 84 (2). pp. 73-88. ISSN 1468-0459


Torrent erosion in Lake District mountain catchments
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Johnson, R.M, Warburton, J and Burt, T (2002) 'Torrent erosion in Lake District mountain catchments.' JNCC Report, 319. ISSN 0963-8091


‘Science’- of value to hazard & disaster challenges; an exposé on interdisciplinary research
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2017) ‘Science’- of value to hazard & disaster challenges; an exposé on interdisciplinary research. In: IISER Mohali Workshop Series, 25 April 2017, Mohali Punjab, India.


The impact of extreme floods on steep upland catchments
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Warburton, J, Johnson, R.M and Kincey, M (2017) The impact of extreme floods on steep upland catchments. In: Environment Agency: Cumbria Floods Partnership Workshop, 11 January 2017, Penrith, UK.


‘Science’- of value to hazard & disaster challenges; an exposé on interdisciplinary research
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2016) ‘Science’- of value to hazard & disaster challenges; an exposé on interdisciplinary research. In: Environmental Humanities: Doing Interdisciplinarity with Depth: A Public Forum, 15 - 16 December 2016, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.


Sediment source connectivity, torrent erosion and sediment delivery during a record-breaking UK flood
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Warburton, J, Johnson, R.M and Kincey, M (2016) Sediment source connectivity, torrent erosion and sediment delivery during a record-breaking UK flood. In: AGU Fall Meeting, 12 - 16 December 2016, San Francisco, USA.


Sediment source connectivity, torrent erosion and sediment delivery during a record-breaking UK flood
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Johnson, R.M (2016) Sediment source connectivity, torrent erosion and sediment delivery during a record-breaking UK flood. In: AGU Fall Meeting, 12 - 16 December 2016, San Francisco, USA.


Sediment delivery and catchment impacts from upland torrent erosion during a record-breaking UK flood
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2016) Sediment delivery and catchment impacts from upland torrent erosion during a record-breaking UK flood. In: 5th International Paleoflood Conference, 12 -15 September 2016, Rapid City, SD, USA.


Catastrophic palaeoflood impacts and lessons for contemporary hydro-electric power development
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2016) Catastrophic palaeoflood impacts and lessons for contemporary hydro-electric power development. In: 5th International Paleoflood Conference, 12 -15 September 2016, Rapid City, SD, USA.


Assessing small hydro in the Indian Himalaya
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Diduck, A, Johnson, R.M, Edwards, E, Sinclair, J, Dinesh, P and Gardner, J (2016) Assessing small hydro in the Indian Himalaya. In: IAIA16: Resilience and Sustainability, 11 - 14 May 2016, Nagoya Congress Center, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.


Floods impacting the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2016) Floods impacting the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities. In: Himachal Pradesh University Seminar Series, 12 April 2016, Shimla, India.


Geohazards impacting the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2016) Geohazards impacting the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities. In: University of Delhi, GeoForum Seminar Series, 8 April 2016, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.


Community heritage and resilience in Indian Himalayan landscapes changed by disastrous flood events
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Edwards, E, Johnson, R.M, Gardner, J and Diduck, A (2016) Community heritage and resilience in Indian Himalayan landscapes changed by disastrous flood events. In: Landscaping Change, 29-31 March 2016, Bath.


Understanding the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities: an appraisal of the Phojal Nalla watershed, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Johnson, R.M, Edwards, E, Gardner, J and Diduck, A (2015) Understanding the vulnerability and resilience of mountain communities: an appraisal of the Phojal Nalla watershed, Himachal Pradesh, India. In: Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth, 4-8 October 2015, Perth, Scotland.


Dynamics and impacts of the 1994 Phojal Nalla flood disaster, Indian Himalaya
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Johnson, R.M, Edwards, E, Gardner, J, Kuniyal, J.C, Sharma, D.D and Thakur, B.R (2015) Dynamics and impacts of the 1994 Phojal Nalla flood disaster, Indian Himalaya. In: Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth, 4-8 October 2015, Perth, Scotland.


A re-evaluation of the 1994 Phojal Nalla flood: physical & societal impacts
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Johnson, R.M and Edwards, E (2014) A re-evaluation of the 1994 Phojal Nalla flood: physical & societal impacts. In: Riddell Faculty Seminar Series, 25 November 2014, University of Manitoba, Canada.


Reactivation of a coastal landslide system at Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire
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Johnson, R.M and Fish, P (2014) Reactivation of a coastal landslide system at Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire. In: Yorkshire Geological Society and Yorkshire Regional Group Meeting, November 2014, York St John University.


Developing the research-teaching nexus using a local fieldwork project
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Johnson, R.M, Simm, D, Edwards, E and Skellern, A (2014) Developing the research-teaching nexus using a local fieldwork project. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 26 - 29 August 2014, Kensington Gore, London.


Natural hazards, vulnerability and risk in northern India
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2014) Natural hazards, vulnerability and risk in northern India. In: RGS-IBG Public Lecture at BRLSI, 19 June 2014, BRLSI, Bath, UK.


Catastrophic flooding and community resilience in the Indian Himalaya
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2014) Catastrophic flooding and community resilience in the Indian Himalaya. In: Environmental Science Conference Series, April 2014, Academic Staff College, Himachal Pardesh University, Shimla, India.


Telling the Phojal Nalla digital story
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2014) Telling the Phojal Nalla digital story. In: HEA-ESD Conference, March 2014, Bath, UK.


Geotechnologies for geographical research
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2014) Geotechnologies for geographical research. In: Environmental Science Refresher Course, April 2014, Academic Staff College, Himachal Pardesh University, Shimla, India.


Terrestrial lasers scanners at the Combe Hay lock flight
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Skellern, A and Johnson, R.M (2013) Terrestrial lasers scanners at the Combe Hay lock flight. In: Research Celebration Week, 11 November 2013, Combe Hay Lock Flight, Bath.


Hazard, vulnerability and risk in the Indian Himalaya
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Edwards, E and Johnson, R.M (2013) Hazard, vulnerability and risk in the Indian Himalaya. In: RGS-IBG Public Lecture, November 2013, BRLSI, Bath, UK.


Application of repeat terrestrial laser scanning for river asset management, Seagry Weir, River Avon, Wiltshire
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Johnson, R.M, Skellern, A, Edwards, E, Johns, T, Williams, P and Wood, M (2012) Application of repeat terrestrial laser scanning for river asset management, Seagry Weir, River Avon, Wiltshire. In: Knowledge exchange workshop on terrestrial laser scanning, 2 April - 3 April 2012, University of Leicester, Leicester, England.


Scanning the past, Iron Age dwellings near Glastonbury, Somerset
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Johnson, R.M, Skellern, A, Edwards, E, Brunning, R and Cooke, S (2012) Scanning the past, Iron Age dwellings near Glastonbury, Somerset. In: Knowledge exchange workshop on terrestrial laser scanning, 2 April - 3 April 2012, University of Leicester, Leicester, England.


Earth, water, wind and fire: sediment dynamics in the English Lake District
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Johnson, R.M (2011) Earth, water, wind and fire: sediment dynamics in the English Lake District. In: Environmental and Social Research Seminar Series, November 2011, Bath.


Torrent erosion in Lake District mountain catchments
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Johnson, R.M (2001) Torrent erosion in Lake District mountain catchments. PhD thesis, Durham University.


Assessment of torrent erosion impacts on the eastern flank of Thirlmere Reservoir and A591 (Cumbria) following Storm Desmond 2015
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Johnson, R.M (2016) Assessment of torrent erosion impacts on the eastern flank of Thirlmere Reservoir and A591 (Cumbria) following Storm Desmond 2015. United Utilities.


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