Coastal Seminar 2017/18 – Dr Zeng Zhou

With great pleasure, we would like to announce that

Dr Zeng Zhou, Associate Professor in Coastal Geomorphology (Hohai University, Nanjing, China)

will give a coastal seminar entitled: Multi-factor driven tidal flat morphodynamics

This will take place on

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 15:00
NOC Southampton Conference Room 344/32
Address: Ocean and Earth Science,; NOC Southampton Conference Room 344/32
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; University of Southampton Waterfront Campus,
European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH.
Abstract of the talk:

Tidal flats and salt marshes are valuable coastal and estuarine geomorphological units and understanding their evolution is highly important from both socio-economic and scientific perspectives. However, the morphodynamic evolution of tidal flats and salt marshes is highly complex because of the intertwined processes operating at a variety of spatial and temporal scales (e.g. tides, waves, storms, biological activities and human intervention). In this seminar, Zeng Zhou will present some recent research progress, by the Hohai research group, on tidal flat morphodynamics driven by multiple natural and anthropogenic factors.

Short Introduction:

Dr Zeng Zhou is a coastal geomorphologist focusing on the (bio-)physical mechanisms underlying the formation and evolution of coastal and estuarine landscapes. He is currently entering the field of coastal biomorphodynamics, with a particular focus on tidal flat systems where tidal channel networks and salt marshes are commonly present. Recently, he is leading a small group of young researchers and graduate students to explore some interesting questions using various approaches e.g. field and laboratory experiments, numerical modelling and UAV imagery. His group aims to gain fundamental insight into the biophysical effects of salt marshes (and biofilms) and their two-way interactions with coastal and estuarine morphology, so as to evaluate and predict the response of tidal flats, channels and marshes to climate change (e.g. sea level rise, increasing frequency of storms) and human activities (e.g. large-scale reclamation, nearshore fishery).




Satellite images: Jiangsu tidal flats and channels