Human actions and human-driven climate change are fundamentally altering the Earth’s surface. As global warming continues and as the world becomes progressively more populated, industrialised and urbanised, the environmental impacts of human activity only increase.
Environmental Geography examines both the physical processes on Earth as well as human-environment interactions. Drawing from the natural and social sciences, Physical and Environmental Geographers seek to understand the applied and conceptual challenges facing our planet.
We investigate natural and anthropogenic processes and responses. From ecological degradation to low-lying coastal transformation, urban green infrastructure and sustainable agricultural practices, we seek to understand the human impact on our natural environment. We use long-term records, participatory perspectives to urban and rural development, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to assess human interactions with the natural world.
Our research is showcased in high impact, peer-reviewed journals that influence policy—from local to global scales in rural sector economic development, smart urban food systems, environmental protection, conservation of biodiversity and coastal planning.
We collaborate with partners across the globe including:
Nop, S., Thornton, A. (2020) Community participation in modern urban development planning: A case of Phnom Penh city, Cambodia. Cities Vol.103 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102770 IF: 3.85; Scopus SNIP: 1.91; SCImago SJR Q1.
Cochrane, L., Lewis, S., Mastawesha, ME., Thornton, A., and Welbourne, D. (2019) Using farmer-based metrics to analyze the amount, seasonality, variability and spatial patterns of rainfall amidst climate change in southern Ethiopia. Journal of Arid Environments Vol. 175 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2019.104084 IF: 1.82; Scopus SNIP: 1.02; SCImago SJR Q2.
Thornton, A. (ed) (2020) Urban Food Democracy and Governance in North and South Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-3-030-17186-5
Islam, M.A., Paull, D.J., Griffin, A.L., and Murshed, S. (2020) Assessing ecosystem resilience to a tropical cyclone based on ecosystem service supply proficiency using geospatial techniques and social responses in coastal Bangladesh. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Vol. 49, pp. 101667 - 101667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101667
Guo, Y., Jia, X., and Paull D. (2018) Effective sequential classifier training for SVM-based multi-temporal remote sensing image classification, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 27, pp. 3036 - 3048, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIP.2018.2808767
Welbourne, D.J., MacGregor, C., Paull, D., and Lindenmayer, D.B. (2015) The effectiveness and cost of camera traps for surveying small reptiles and critical weight range mammals: a comparison with labour-intensive complementary methods, Wildlife Research, vol. 42, pp. 414 - 414, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR15054
Joseph, V., Thornton, A., Pearson, S., Paull., D. (2013) Occupational transitions in three coastal villages in Central Java, Indonesia, in the context of sea level rise: a case study, Natural Hazards, vol. on-line June 2013, pp. 675 - 694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-013-0735-6
Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Murray-Wallace CV, 2020, 'Identification of reworked foraminifera in temperate carbonate sediments – A pilot study from the Coorong Coastal Plain, southern Australia', Marine Geology, vol. 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2019.106096
Carvalho RC; Oliver TSN; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Transition from marine to fluvial-dominated sediment supply at Shoalhaven prograded barrier, southeastern Australia', Geomorphology, vol. 341, pp. 65 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.05.010
Tamura T; Oliver TSN; Cunningham AC; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Recurrence of Extreme Coastal Erosion in SE Australia Beyond Historical Timescales Inferred From Beach Ridge Morphostratigraphy', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 46, pp. 4705 - 4714, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2019GL083061
Physical and Environmental Geography teaches undergraduate and postgraduate coursework in a broad range of topics dealing with real-life environmental change issues and the great global challenges of our time.