Dr Laurent Amoudry

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Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
+44 (0)151 795 4811



I am a senior scientist at the National Oceanography Centre, where I lead the Coastal Ocean Processes team. I am a coastal scientist with broad interests in coastal, estuarine and shelf seas dynamics, in particular in relation to sediment transport, turbulence and mixing, and land-ocean transfer processes. My work primarily involves observational and modelling studies of physical processes, the aim of which is to improve integrated predictive systems for coastal and shelf seas under climate and anthropogenic changes.

Some more detailed topics of interest include:

  • coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics
  • coastal and estuarine sediment transport, suspended particulate dynamics, flocculation, sediment-turbulence interaction
  • bottom boundary layer processes, bedload, sediment resuspension
  • turbulence and mixing in coastal waters
  • multiphase approaches for geophysical sediment transport applications
  • fluxes at the sediment-water interface


I joined the then Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory in January 2008 as a sediment dynamicist, I was promoted to senior scientist in 2012 and I have been leading the Coastal Ocean Processes subgroup since 2014. Prior to this, I obtained a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University (Jan. 2008), working on two-phase modelling of granular sediment for sheet flow and scour. I also obtained a dual Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 2001.


My publications while at NOC (and at POL before) can be found on the NERC Open Research Archive.

Below is earlier work from my PhD at Cornell University:

Amoudry, L.O.; Liu, P. L.-F.. 2009 Two-dimensional, two-phase granular sediment transport model with applications to scouring downstream of an apron. Coastal Engineering, 56 (7). 693-702. 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2009.01.006

Amoudry, L.; Hsu, T.-J.; Liu, P. L.-F.. 2008 Two-phase model for sand transport in sheet flow regime. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113 (C3). C03011. 10.1029/2007JC004179

Amoudry, L.; Hsu, T.-J.; Liu, P. L.-F. 2005 Schmidt number and near‐bed boundary condition effects on a two‐phase dilute sediment transport model, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110 (C9), 10.1029/2004JC002798