Prof David Tappin

Prof David Tappin Marine Geologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3449

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Biography

  •  1988 –current :  Marine Geologist
  •  1983 –1988 :  Chief Geologist, Tonga
  •  1973 –1983 :  Marine Geologist, BGS

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Researching the Holocene evolution of the southern North Sea
  •  Researching the causes and impacts of the Japanese tsunami of March 11th 2011
  •  Tsunami hazard from earthquakes, submarine landslide and volcanic collapse
  •  Visiting Professor, Earth Sciences Department, University College, London

Skills

  •  Management of large multidisciplinasry science projects
  •  Marine mapping
  •  Sedimentology
  •  Seismic interpretation
  •  Teaching coastal and marine geohazards

Professional association

  •  Fellow, Geological Society of London
  •  Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  •  Member, American Geophysical Union

Research interests

  •  Coastal geohazards
  •  Convergent margin processes
  •  Geohazards and climate change
  •  Quaternary geology of the Southern North Sea
  •  Tsunamis from earthquakes, submarine landslides, volcanic collapse and meteorological effects

Published outputs

Key papers

TAPPIN, D. R. 2013. Submarine Mass Failures as tsunami sources - their climate control, in: McGuire, W.J., Maslin, M. (Eds.) Climate Forcing of Geological Hazards. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, London, pp. 166-192.

TAPPIN, D. R., SIBLEY, A., HORSBURGH, K., DAUBORD, C., COX, D., LONG., in press. The English Channel ‘tsunami’ of 27 June 2011 – a probable meteorological source. Weather.

TAPPIN, D. R., EVANS, H., JORDAN, C. J., RICHMOND B.W. 2012. Coastal changes from the impact of the 2011 Tōhoku-oki tsunami in the Sendai area: interpretations of time series satellite images and videos. Sed. Geol. 282. 151-174.

TAPPIN, D. R. 2010. Digital elevation models in the marine domain: investigating the offshore tsunami hazard from submarine landslides. In: C. Fleming, S.H. Marsh and J.R.A. Giles (Editors), Elevation Models for Geoscience. Geological Society, Special Publications, London, pp. 81–101.

TAPPIN, D R. 2009. Mass Transport Events and Their Tsunami Hazard. 667–684 in Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences.

TAPPIN, D R, WATTS, P, and GRILLI, S T. 2008. The Papua New Guinea tsunami of 17 July 1998: anatomy of a catastrophic event. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., Vol. 8, 243–266.

MCMURTRY, G M, TAPPIN, D R, SEDWICK, P N, WILKINSON, I, FIETZKE, J, and SELLWOOD, B. 2007. Elevated marine deposits in Bermuda record a late Quaternary megatsunami. Sedimentary Geology, Vol. 200, 155–165.

TAPPIN, D R, MCNEIL, L, HENSTOCK, T, and MOSHER, D. 2007. Mass wasting processes - offshore Sumatra. 327–336 in Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences. LYKOUSIS, V, SAKELLARIOUS, D, and LOCAT, J (editors). (Springer.)

BALLANCE P.F., TAPPIN, D.R. AND WILKINSON, I.P. 2004. Volcanic and bioclastic sedimentation on an oceanic frontal arc platform: gravity-flow deposition in the Miocene of Tonga. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. V. 47/3 567-587.

MCMURTRY, G M, FRYER, G J, TAPPIN, D R, WILKINSON, I P, WILLIAMS, M, FIETZK, J, GARBE-SCHOENBERG, D, and WATTS, P. 2004. Megatsunami deposits on Kohala volcano, Hawaii, from flank collapse of Mauna Loa. . Geology, Vol. 32, 741–744.

TAPPIN, D R, WATTS, P, MCMURTRY, G M, LAFOY, Y, and MATSUMOTO, T. 2001. The Sissano Papua New Guinea tsunami of July 1998 - offshore evidence on the source mechanism. Marine Geology, Vol. 175, 1–23.

TAPPIN, D.R., CHADWICK, R.A., JACKSON, A.A., WINGFIELD, R.T.R. AND SMITH, N.J.P. 1994. United Kingdom offshore Regional report; the geology of Cardigan Bay and Bristol Channel London: HMSO for the British Geological Survey. 107pp.

TAPPIN, D.R., HERZER, R.H. AND STEVENSON, A.J. 1994. Structure and History of an Oceanic Forearc-The Tonga Ridge 22 26 South. In: Stevenson, A.J., Herzer, R.H. and Ballance, P.F. (eds). Geology and Submarine Resources of the Tonga Lau Fiji Region. SOPAC Technical Bulletin 8: 81-100.