Professor Tony Parsons

BA, MSc, PhD

School of Geography and Planning

Emeritus Professor of Sediment Systems
+44 114 222 7952

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Professor Tony Parsons
School of Geography and Planning
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Tony Parsons obtained his BA in 1968 from the University of Sheffield, and followed this, in 1969, with an MSc in Applied Geomorphology from the University of Sheffield and, in 1973, with a PhD from the University of Reading.

Subsequently he has worked at the University of Khartoum (1973-74), the University of New South Wales (1974-78), and Keele University (1979-95).

He was appointed to a Chair in Physical Geography at the University of Leicester in 1995 and moved to the University of Sheffield to a Chair in Sediment Systems in 2006.

Research interests
  • Hillslopes
  • Dryland geomorphology
  • Soil erosion

Current research

My current research focuses on understanding the transport of sediment by water, and, in particular, using new technologies to track the movement of individual soil and sediment particles.

These new technologies include particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) and radio-frequency tagging (RFID). My work is currently being undertaken using rainfall simulation in the laboratory, and at a field site in Japan.

Professional activities and memberships

Tony is a former Chair of the IGU Commission on Geomorphic Challenges for the 21st Century, and of Chair of the British Geomorphological Research Group (BGRG, now the BSG).

He is also a former member of the Research Committee and the Council of the Royal Geographical Society. He currently chair Working Group 1 of EU Cost Action ES-1306