Dr Matthew Baddock

PhD (Leicester)

  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
  • 2014 onwards: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
  • 2012-14: Research Fellow, Griffith University, Australia
  • 2010-2011: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, USA
  • 2008-2010: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, Wind Erosion and Water Conservation Research Unit, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
  • 2006-2008: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Loughborough University

Matthew's research tackles a range of different themes within aeolian geomorphology. He has a current focus on i) the morphodynamics of desert sand dunes ii) monitoring the processes, rates and impacts of wind erosion from both natural and anthropogenically-affected land surfaces iii) the geomorphological controls on dust emission from dryland environments. To tackle these research strands, he employs a range of techniques including field measurement of boundary layer aeolian processes, as well as the use of satellite data alongside GIS for the study of wind-blown sediment dynamics at broader, regional scales.

He has undertaken research in dryland and other wind erosion prone regions in three continents, with projects and ongoing interests in the south-western USA, southern Africa and Australia.

Matthew's teaching examines aeolian geomorphology.

Selected Publications

  • Baddock M.C., Ginoux, P., Bullard J.E. and Gill T.E. (2016) Do MODIS-defined dust sources have a geomorphological signature? Geophysical Research Letters, 43: 2606–2613. doi: 10.1002/2015GL067327
  • Baddock M.C., Parsons K., Strong C.L., Leys J.F. and McTainsh G.H. (2015) Drivers of Australian dust: a case study of frontal winds and dust dynamics in the lower Lake Eyre Basin. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 40: 1982-1988. doi: 10.1002/esp.377
  • BaddockM.C., Strong, C.L., Leys, J.F., Heidenreich, S.K., Tews, E.K. and McTainsh, G.H. (2014) A visibility and total suspended dust relationship. Atmospheric Environment 89: 329-336. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.02.038
  • Hugenholtz, C.H., Levin, N., Barchyn, T.E. and Baddock, M.C. (2012) Remote sensing and spatial analysis of aeolian sand dunes: a review and outlook. Earth-Science Reviews, 111: 319-334. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.11.006
  • Bullard, J.E., Harrison, S.P., Baddock, M.C., Drake, N., Gill, T.E., McTainsh, G. and Sun, Y. (2011). Preferential dust sources: a geomorphological classification designed for use in global dust-cycle models. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surfaces, 116, F04034. doi:10.1029/2011JF002061
  • Baddock, M.C., Wiggs, G.F.S. and Livingstone, I. (2011b). A field study of mean and turbulent flow characteristics upwind, over and downwind of barchan dunes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36: 1435-1448. doi: 10.1002/esp.2161
  • Baddock, M.C.,Bullard, J.E. and Bryant, R.G. (2009) Dust source identification using MODIS: A comparison of techniques applied to the Lake Eyre Basin, Australia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113: 1511-1528. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2009.03.002
  • Baddock, M.C., Livingstone, I. and Wiggs, G.F.S. (2007) The geomorphological significance of airflow patterns in interdunes. Geomorphology,87: 322-336. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.10.006