Dawson, Sue


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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 1996 2019

37 Downloads (Pure)

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., 24 Jun 2019, In : Sedimentology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
wave height
sea level
3 Citations (Scopus)

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

dip-slip fault

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

3 Citations (Scopus)
114 Downloads (Pure)

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
open channel flow

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

geological survey
sea level change

Activities 2014 2014

  • 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