Dawson, Sue


  • 1304 Citations
  • 19 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am a hazard geoscientist with expertise in extreme coastal change including tsunamis and storms with a particular interest in their onshore sedimentological signature. My research considers the impact of submarine landslide tsunamis and the potential for an increase in this hazard to the North Atlantic with the response of climate change in the Arctic. I have wider interest in the sediment ‘fingerprint’ observed in the landscape of a range of natural hazards and use methodologies including sedimentology, paleoecology, geomorphology geology, geomatics, experimental and numerical modelling to investigate these in a range of environments.  

External positions

External Examiner , University of Glasgow


External Examiner , Sheffield Hallam University



  • GB Physical geography
  • Tsunami geoscience

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Research Output

Reconciling Storegga tsunami sedimentation patterns with modelled wave heights: A discussion from the Shetland Isles field laboratory

Dawson, A., Dawson, S., Bondevik, S., Costa, P. J. M., Hill, J. & Stewart, I., 20 Mar 2020, In : Sedimentology. 67, 3, p. 1344-1353 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    77 Downloads (Pure)

    The coastal landslides of Shetland

    Ballantyne, C. K., Dawson, S., Dick, R., Fabel, D., Kralikaite, E., Milne, F., Sandeman, G. F. & Xu, S., 2018, In : Scottish Geographical Journal. 134, 1-2, p. 71-96 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Assessing the risks to infrastructure from coastal storms in a changing climate: Project Report PPR800

    Milne, F., Winter, M. G., Reeves, S. J., Knappett, J., Dawson, S., Dawson, A. G., Peeling, D., Peeling, J. & Brown, M., 13 Jan 2017, Transport Research Laboratory. 124 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Imprints in silica grains induced during an open-channel flow experiment: Determination of microtextural signatures during aqueous transport

    Costa, P. J. M., Park, Y. S., Kim, Y. D., Quintela, M., Mahaney, W. C., Dourado, F. & Dawson, S., 11 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Sedimentary Research. 87, 7, p. 677-687 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    149 Downloads (Pure)

    Northern North Sea and Atlantic Northwest Approaches

    Dawson, S., Bates, R., Wickham-Jones, C. & Dawson, A., 2017, Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf: Quaternary Paleoenvironments. Flemming, N. C., Harff, J., Moura, D., Burgess, A. & Bailey, G. N. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, p. 187-209 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Schools engagement

    The Science of Tsunamis - Engage Dundee 2014

    Sue Dawson (Presenter)

    6 May 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement


    Variations and trends in the sensitivity of machair soils and coastal landforms to erosion, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Author: Young, E., 2015

    Supervisor: Dawson, S. (Supervisor) & McKenzie, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy