Research Interests: My main research interests are in glacial, fluvial, and coastal geomorphology, and also Quaternary and Environmental geology. I have made extensive use of Geographical Information System (GIS) software and flood modelling software
I completed my Masters Degree in 2003 on the formation and failure of moraine-dammed Queen Bess lake (photo), southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia. This project had two main objectives. The first, to reconstruct the Little Ice Age history of the glacier impounding Queen Bess lake, using detailed stratigraphy, radiocarbon and lichenometric dating. The second, to reconstruct the 1997 outburst flood and document the downstream affects through detailed paleohydrological, geomorphological and sedimentological analysis.
Current Status: Senior Geomorphologist, Black & Veatch Ltd, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK. I currently work on a variety of river and coastal flood risk projects around the UK. I have led the geomorphological investigations required on a number of large coastal and fluvial projects based in the UK. I also specialise in the use and application of GIS, introducing techniques for the processing and analysis of LiDAR and other spatial and remote sensing data.
- M.Sc., Earth Science 2002 Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
- B.Sc.(Hons.), Environmental Geoscience 1999 University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
- Kershaw J.A (2008) GIS applications in coastal geomorphology and flood risk management. Proceedings from the Belgium Network for Coastal Research (BeNCoRe) Conference, Leuven, Belgium, May 2008
- Kershaw J.A.; Clague. J. J. and Evans S.G. (2005) Geomorphic and sedimentological signature of a two-phase outburst flood from moraine-dammed Queen Bess Lake, British Columbia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30, 1-25., 2005
- Macklin, M.G., Brewer, P.A., Jones, A., Kershaw J.A. and Coulthard, T.J. (2002). A geomorphological investigation of the historical and Holocene development of the River Severn valley floor at Buttington, Powys. River Systems and Environmental Change in Wales, BGRG 2002 Field Guide., 2002
- Kershaw J.A., Clague, J.J. and Evans, S.G. (2001). Evidence for a two-phase flood from moraine-dammed Queen Bess Lake, British Columbia. Abstracts with programs. European Geophysical Society 2001 General Assembly, Nice, France, March 2001
- Kershaw J.A., Clague, J.J. and Evans, S.G. (2000). The 1997 outburst flood from moraine-dammed Queen Bess Lake, British Columbia. Abstracts with programs. American Geological Society Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A, November 2000
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