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Dr. Oliver Francis

Dr. Oliver Francis
Haus A 27, Raum 101 (Hörsaal)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Earth Surface Process Modelling group looking at modelling the initiation of debris flows. Debris flows are highly complex flows of water, mud, and boulders which rush downslope and endanger communities and infrastructure. They are also important to the evolution of mountainous regions by eroding the steepest channels and excavating large volumes of sediment following large disturbances such as earthquakes, wildfires or, intense storms.

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

Debris flows


Landscape evolution and sediment fluxes following catchment scale disturbances 

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

Cardiff University 2012 - 2016: Geology MESci

Thesis title: Quantifying and understanding rapid land use change in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplains, Malaysian Borneo

Cardiff University 2016 - 2020: PhD

Thesis title: The fate of landslide debris after large earthquakes, Wenchuan China

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