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      French JR, Burningham H, Thornhill G & Nicholls RJ (2016) Integrating estuarine, coastal and inner shelf sediment systems in a common conceptual framework as a basis for participatory shoreline management. In: Meadows M & Lin J-C (eds.) Geomorphology and society, Springer (in press).


          Hanson SE, Balson P, Brown I, French JR, Nicholls RJ, Spencer T & Sutherland W (2015) Qualitative modelling of morphological change in the coastal zone. In: RJ Nicholls (ed.) Broad scale coastal simulation: new techniques to understand and manage shorelines in the third millennium. New York, Springer (in press).

          French JR, Payo A, Murray AB, Orford J, Eliot M & Cowell P (2015) Appropriate complexity for the prediction of coastal and estuarine geomorphic behaviour at decadal to centennial scales. Geomorphology (in press)

          French JR, Burningham H, Thornhill G, Whitehouse R & Nicholls RJ (2015) Conceptualizing and mapping coupled estuary, coast and inner shelf sediment systems. Geomorphology, (in press)

          Payo A, Hall J, French JR, Sutherland J, van Maanen B, Nicholls RJ  & Reeve DE (2015) Causal loop analysis of coastal geomorphological systems. Geomorphology doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.07.048

          Nicholls RJ, French JR, van Maanen B, Burningham H, Payo A, Sutherland J, Walkden M, Thornhill G, Brown J, Luxford F, Simm J, Reeve DE & Horrillo-Carabello JM (2015) Improving decadal coastal geomorphic predictions. E-Proceedings 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague, Netherlands.

          Nicholls RJ, French JR, van Maanen B, Burningham H, Payo A, Sutherland J, Walkden M, Thornhill G, Brown J, Luxford F, Simm J, Reeve DE, Hall JW, Souza A, Stansbky PL, Amoudry LO, Rogers B, Ellis M, Whitehouse R, Horrillo-Carabello JM, Karunarathna HU, Pan S, Plater A, Dix J, Barnes J & Heron E (2015) Improving decadal coastal geomorphic predictions: an overview of the iCOASST project. Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2015, San Diego, CA, 11-15 May 2015.

          Thornhill G, French JR & Burningham H (2015). ESTEEM – a new ‘hybrid complexity’ model for simulating estuary morphological evolution at decadal to centennial scales. Proceedings Coastal Sediments 2015, San Diego, CA, 11-15 May 2015.

          Burningham H & French JR (2015) Large-scale spatial variability in the contemporary coastal sand and gravel resource, Suffolk, eastern UK. Proceedings Coastal Sediments 2015, San Diego, CA, 11-15 May 2015.

          French JR & Burningham H (2015) Wave-driven sediment pathways on a gravel-dominated coast subject to a strongly bi-modal wave climate, Suffolk, eastern UK. Proceedings of Coastal Sediments 2015, San Diego, CA, 11-15 May 2015.

          Iversen EC & Burningham H (2015). The relationship between the NAO and wind climate over Norway. Climate Research 63, 115-134.

          Burningham H (2015) Gravel spit-inlet dynamics: Orford Spit, UK. In: Randazzo, G, Cooper, JAG, Jackson D (eds.) Sand and gravel spits. Coastal Research Library 12, Springer, 51-65.


              Burningham H & French, JR (2014) Travelling forelands: complexities in drift and migration patterns. Journal of Coastal Research SI70, 102-108.

              Burningham H & French JR (2014) Shoreline – shoreface dynamics on the Suffok coast. Crown Estate, 106pp.

              Knight J & Burningham H (2014). A paraglacial coastal gravel structure: Connell’s Bank, NW Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI70, 121-126.


                  French JR & Burningham H (2013) Coasts and climate: insights from geomorphology. Progress in Physical Geography 37, 550-561.

                  Burningham H & French JR (2013) Is the NAO winter index a reliable proxy for wind climate and storminess in northwest Europe? International Journal of Climatology 33, 2036-2049.

                  Gardner EA & Burningham H (2013) Ecology and conservation of the rare annual Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Childing Pink) on the vegetated shingle spits of Pagham Harbour, West Sussex. Journal of Coastal Conservation 17, 589-600 [].


                      Nicholls RJ, Burningham H, Dix J, French JR, Hall JW, Reeve D, Souza A, Stansby PK, Sutherland J, Walkden M & Whitehouse R (2012) iCOASST – Integrating Coastal Sediment Systems. Proceedings International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Santander, 12pp.

                          Cea L & French JR (2012) Bathymetric error estimation for the calibration and validation of estuarine hydrodynamic models.Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 100, 124-132.

                          Spencer T, Friess DA, Möller I, Garbutt RA & French JR (2012) Surface elevation change in natural and re-created intertidal habitats, eastern England, UK, with particular reference to Freiston Shore. Wetlands Ecology and Management 20, 9-33.


                          Burningham H & French JR (2011) Seabed dynamics in a large coastal embayment: 180 years of morphological change in the outer Thames estuary. Hydrobiologia 672, 105-119.

                          French JR & Burningham H (2011) Coastal geomorphology. Progress in Physical Geography 35, 535-545

                          Knight J & Burningham H (2011). Boulder dynamics on an Atlantic-facing rock coastline, northwest Ireland. Marine Geology283, 56-65.

                          Knight J & Burningham H (2011) Sand dune morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation in NW Ireland. In Brown AG, Basell LS, Butzer KW (Eds.). Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, Sustainability. Geological Society of America Special Papers 476, 81-92.

                          Richards EG & Burningham H (2011). Hippophae rhamnoides on a coastal dune system: a thorny issue? Journal of Coastal Conservation 15, 73-85. [doi:10.1007/s11852-010-0122-3]


                          Hanson SE, Nicholls RJ, Balson P, Brown I, French JR, Spencer T & Sutherland WJ (2010) Capturing coastal geomorphological change within regional integrated assessment: an outcome-driven fuzzy logic approach. Journal of Coastal Research 26, 831-42.

                          Barrett-Mold C & Burningham H (2010). Contrasting ecology of prograding coastal dunes on the northwest coast of Ireland.Journal of Coastal Conservation 14, 81-90.

                          French JR (2010) Critical perspectives on the evaluation and optimisation of complex numerical models of estuary hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35, 174-189


                          French JR & Burningham H (2009) Coastal geomorphology: trends and challenges. Progress in Physical Geography 33, 117-29.

                          Burningham H & French JR (2009) Seabed mobility in the greater Thames estuary. London, Crown Estate. ISBN: 978-1-906410-09-4.

                          Burningham H & French JR (2009) Historical seabed mobility in an outer estuary - sea basin environment. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 589-93

                          French JR & Burningham H (2009) Restoration of an eroded estuarine foreshore using cohesive dredge material, Orwell estuary, UK. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 1444-8

                          Barrett-Mold C, Burningham H & French JR (2009) Stratigraphic insights from sedimentary peels of littoral estuarine depositional systems. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 584-8

                          Knight J, Burningham H & Barrett-Mold C (2009) The geomorphology and controls on development of a boulder-strewn platform, NW Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 1646-50


                          Burningham H (2008) Contrasting geomorphic responses to structural controls: the Loughros estuaries, northwest Ireland.Geomorphology 97, 300-20.

                          French JR, Burningham H & Benson T (2008) Tidal and meteorological forcing of suspended sediment flux in a muddy mesotidal estuary. Estuaries and Coasts 31, 843-59.

                          French JR (2008) Hydrodynamic modelling of estuarine flood defence realignment as an adaptive management response to sea-level rise. Journal of Coastal Research 24(2B), 1-12.

                          Williams A, Townend I, French JR, Reeve DR, Whitehouse R, Wang Z, Morris K, & Surendran S (2008) Development and demonstration of systems-based estuary simulator: EstSim. Proceedings 43rd Flood and Coastal Management Conference. 1-10.

                          Burningham H & French JR (2008) Historical changes in the seabed of the greater Thames estuary. London, Crown Estate: ISBN: 978-1-906410-04-9.

                          Parrott A & Burningham H (2008) Opportunities for, and constraints to, the use of intertidal agri-environment schemes for sustainable coastal defence: a case study of the Blackwater Estuary, southeast England. Ocean and Coastal Management 51, 352-67


                          Benson T & French JR (2007) InSiPID: a new low-cost instrument for in situ particle size measurements in estuarine and coastal waters. Journal of Sea Research 58, 167-188.

                          Burningham H & French JR (2007) Morphodynamics and sedimentology of mixed-sediment inlets. Journal of Coastal Research SI50, 710-15.

                          Knight J & Burningham H (2007) Coastal morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation, County Donegal, NW Ireland.Journal of Coastal Research SI50, 104-8.


                          French JR (2006) Tidal marsh sediment trapping efficiency and resilience to environmental change: exploratory modelling of tidal, sea-level and sediment supply forcing in predominantly allochthonous systems. Marine Geology 235, 119-36.

                          Cea L, French JR & Vaquez-Cendon ME (2006) Numerical modelling of the tidal flow in complex estuaries, including turbulence: an unstructured finite volume solver and experimental validation. Numerical Methods in Engineering 76, 1909-32.

                          Burningham H & French JR (2006) Morphodynamic behaviour of a mixed sand-gravel ebb-tidal delta: Deben estuary, Suffolk, UK. Marine Geology 225, 23-44.

                          French JR & 35 other authors (2006). Envisioning the future of the Gulf Coast. Final Report and findings from Technical Group. New Orleans, America's Wetland/BP, 11pp.


                          Burningham H & Cooper JAG (2005) Morphology and historical evolution of north-east Atlantic coastal deposits: the west Donegal estuaries. Journal of Coastal Research SI41, 148-59.

                          French JR, Benson T & Burningham H (2005) Morphodynamics and sediment flux in the Blyth estuary, Suffolk, UK: conceptual modelling and high resolution monitoring. In: DM Fitzgerald & J Knight (eds.) Morphodynamics and sedimentary evolution of estuaries. Springer-Verlag, 143-71.

                          Burningham H (2005) Morphodynamic behaviour of a high energy coastal inlet: Loughros Beg, Donegal, Ireland. In: DM Fitzgerald & J Knight (eds.) Morphodynamics and sedimentary evolution of estuaries. Springer-Verlag, 215-42.

                          Barker MJ, Gruber SH, Newman SP & Schluessel V (2005) Spatial and ontogenetic variation in growth of nursery-bound juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris: a comparison of two age-assigning techniques. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 72, 343-55.

                          Barker MJ & Schluessel V (2005) Managing global shark fisheries: suggestions for prioritizing management strategies. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 15, 325-47.


                          French JR (ed.) (2004) Critical concepts: Coastal geomorphology. London, Routledge, 566pp.

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