Prof David Tappin

Prof David Tappin

Marine Geologist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3449

E-mail Prof David Tappin

ORCID: 0000-0003-3186-8403

Published outputs


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

Current projects and collaboration

  • 2017 –2019 : European Project EMODnet - Team Leader Submerged Landscapes
  • 2016 – ongoing : Researching UK tsunami hazard from submarine and subaerial landslides and meteotsunami
  • Researching the impact of climate change on submarine slope stability in the North Atlantic
  • Researching eruption-generated tsunamis including the LBA Minoan tsunami of 3500BP and Krakatau, 1883

Professional association

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

Research interests

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


  • Generation and impacts of tsunamis
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Management of large multidisciplinary science projects
  • Marine mapping
  • Sedimentology
  • Teaching coastal and marine geohazards

Key papers

TAPPIN, D R. 2017. The Generation of Tsunamis, Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

TAPPIN, D R. 2017. The importance of geologists and geology in tsunami science and tsunami hazard. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 456.

TAPPIN, D R, GRILLI, S T, HARRIS, J C, GELLER, R J, MASTERLARK, T, KIRBY, J T, SHI, F, MA, G, THINGBAIJAM, K K S, and MAI, P M. 2014. Did a submarine landslide contribute to the 2011 Tohoku tsunami? Marine Geology, Vol. 357, 344-361.

TAPPIN, D R, SIBLEY, A, HORSBURGH, K, DAUBORD, COX, C, and LONG, D. 2013. The English Channel ‘tsunami’ of 27 June 2011 – a probable meteorological source. Weather. 68. 144-152.

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., 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.)

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.