Dr Michael Clare

Contact details

Marine Geoscience
michael.clare at noc.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 8059 6550



Research Interests

My research interests are focused on:

  1. Major sediment transport events and their relationship with climatic change. Do major hyperthermals correspond to periods of major sediment transport? Do sediment transport events have a control on climate on short or long timescales?
  2. The recurrence of extreme marine geohazards, such as submarine landslides, earthquakes and volcanic collapses. Is there continuum of frequency and magnitude from small to large geohazards? Do the extreme events show time-independent behaviour?
  3. Direct monitoring of submarine landslides and turbidity currents to better understand their triggering factors. I am particularly interested in why some subaqueous slope failures are delayed after potential triggers such as earthquakes and sudden sediment loading.
  4. Assessing the impact of geohazards (particularly in the deep sea) on critical infrastructure through the use of emerging technologies.

I work with a combination of data from outcrop and sediment cores, high resolution marine geophysical data, evidence of disruption and damage to infrastructure (e.g. cable breaks), and novel application of equipment such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers and water column imaging.