• 778 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
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Research Interests

Rivers; Erosion; Geomorphology; Complex systems; Sediment transport; Non-linear dynamics


Marco obtained an MSc degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD from Southampton University (UK). He has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Aberystwyth University (UK), and was an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) before becoming a Reader at Coventry University (UK).

His earlier research looked at simulation of gully erosion, river bank erosion and river meandering. More recently, Marco has been actively involved in the development of the CAESAR landscape evolution model, which he has used to investigate the nature of non-linear dynamics of catchment sediment yield. Currently, his research is focussing on geomorphic impacts of flooding and on the interactions and feedbacks between geomorphological processes and ecological processes in river floodplains. He is also incorporating recent developments in parallel computing in his new simulation models.

Marco’s research has been published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals.

Area of Expertise:

Fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport, computer simulation, cellular automata

Vision Statement

My main research interest is in the field of computational geomorphology, i.e. the development and application of numerical models to simulate geomorphological landscape evolution at various scales. I am particularly interested in applying numerical models to understand the interactions and feedbacks between geomorphological, hydrological and ecological processes, and in predicting the impact of environmental change on the geomorphological and ecological dynamics of the landscape.

I am happy to consider applications from highly motivated and exceptionally talented students to undertake PhD research in computational geomorphology.

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Research Output 2002 2018

  • 778 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 2 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Working paper
1 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
1 Citations (Scopus)

Global Sensitivity Analysis of Parameter Uncertainty in Landscape Evolution Models

Skinner, C., Coulthard, T. J., Schwanghart, W., Van De Wiel, M. & Hancock, G. 6 Dec 2018 In : Geoscientific Model Development. 11, p. 4873-4888 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
landscape evolution
Global Analysis
Parameter Uncertainty
Sensitivity analysis
Sensitivity Analysis

Predicting, explaining and exploring with computer simulations in fluvial geomorphology

Desjardins, E., Van De Wiel, M. & Rousseau, Y. 27 Jun 2018 In : Earth-Science Reviews. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fluvial geomorphology
computer simulation

Decision support system for flood risk receptor modelling

Surendran, S. & Van De Wiel, M. 2017 (In preparation) Elsevier, (Environmental International)

Research output: Working paper

13 Citations (Scopus)

Modelling long term basin scale sediment connectivity, driven by spatial land use changes

Coulthard, T. J. & Van De Wiel, M. J. 15 Jan 2017 In : Geomorphology. 277, p. 265-281 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
land use change

Activities 2014 2015

  • 9 Participation in conference

EGU General Assembly

Van De Wiel, M. (Speaker)
12 Apr 201517 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

AGU Joint Assembly

Van De Wiel, M. (Speaker)
3 May 20157 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Twenty-Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

Van De Wiel, M. (Speaker)
6 Nov 20149 Nov 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

SIESD 2014

Van De Wiel, M. (Speaker)
12 Aug 201424 Aug 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

EGU General Assembly 2014

Van De Wiel, M. (Speaker)
27 Apr 20142 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference