Sally Brown

University of Southampton

Senior Research Fellow

Role at Tyndall
Dr Sally Brown is Senior Research Fellow specialising in coasts and sea-level rise
Research Interests

  • Impacts of sea-level rise at a global scale;
  • Impacts of sea-level rise at regional and local scales;
  • Small islands: Sea-level rise, impacts and sustainable development;
  • Delta environments: Sea-level rise, subsidence and their impacts;
  • Adaptation to sea-level rise, flooding, erosion and multiple drivers of change;
  • Policy implications and management of coastal science and engineering;
  • Erosion, geomorphology and coastal structures.

In recent years, Sally's research has shifted towards developing nations, particualrly the Maldives and China, with her present research focusing in Ghana, India and Bangladesh. Prior to this, her research into the impacts of sea-level rise was more oriented towards global and European coastlines, Africa and coastal erosion and management issues in the UK. One tool she uses to assess the impacts of sea-level rise, is the Dynamic Interactive Vulnerability Assessment (DIVA) model, developed by Robert Nicholls in Southampton and other non-Southampton/Tyndall scientists. DIVA assesses the global and regional vulnerability of sea-level rise and subsequent impacts, such as land loss, people flooded and the associated costs.

Sally has supervises students in engineering and science. She is an associate member of the Institute of Physics and part of the Environmental Physics Group. Sally has also interacted physics and marine science/engineering activities through discussions with policy makers, outreach, blogs and the media.


Fang, Jiayi, Liu, Wei, Yang, Saini, Brown, Sally, Nicholls, Robert, Hinkel, Jochen, Shi, Xianwu and Shi, Peijun (2017) Spatial-temporal changes of coastal and marine disasters risks and impacts in Mainland China Ocean and Coastal Management, 139, pp. 125-140. (doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.02.003

Muis, S., Verlaan, M., Nicholls, R.J., Brown, S., Hinkel, J., Lincke, D., Vafeidis, A.T., Scussolini, P., Winsemius, H.C., Ward, P.J. "A comparison of two global datasets of extreme sea levels and resulting flood exposure" (2017) Earth's Future, . Article in Press. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000430

Projected changes in area of the Sundarban mangrove forest in Bangladesh due to SLR by 2100 - Payo Garcia, Andres, Mukhopadhyay, Anirban, Hazra, Sugata, Ghosh, Tuhin, Ghosh, Subhajit, Brown, Sally, Nicholls, Robert, Bricheno, Lucy, Wolf, Judith, Kay, Susan, Lazar, Attila and Haque, Anisul Published: 2016, Publication:Climatic Change, Volume:139

A systematic assessment of maritime disruptions affecting UK ports, coastal areas and surrounding seas from 1950 to 2014 - Adam, Esme, Brown, Sally, Nicholls, Robert and Tsimplis, Michael, Published: 2016, Publication:Natural Hazards, Volume: 83, (1) Page Range: 691-713
doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2347-4

A review of potential physical impacts on harbours in the Mediterranean Sea under climate change - Sanchez-Arcilla, Agustin, Pau Sierra, Joan, Brown, Sally, Casas-Prat, Merce, Nicholls, Robert, Lionello, Piero and Conte, Dario
Published: 2016 Publication: Regional Environmental Change Page Range:1-14
doi: 10.1007/s10113-016-0972-9

The influence of groin fields and other hard defences on the shoreline configuration of the soft cliff coastlines - Brown, Sally, Barton, Max and Nicholls, Robert
Published: 2016 Publication: Shore and Beach
Volume: 84, (2) Page Range: 13-24

Comment on ‘The global impacts of extreme sea-level rise: a comprehensive economic assessment’ - Tol, R.S.J., Nicholls, R.J., Brown, S., Hinkel, J, Vafeidis, A.T., Spencer, T. and Schuerch, M Published: 2016 Publication: Environmental and Resource Economics
Page Range: 1-4

Weather scientists cite Bob Dylan too - Brown, S., Aplin, K.A., Jenkins, K., Mander, S., Walsh, C. and Williams, P.S.
Published: 2016 Publication: BMJ
doi: 10.1136/bmj.i265

Global coastal wetland change under sea-level rise and related stresses: the DIVA wetland change model - Spencer, T., Schuerch, M., Nicholls, R.J., Hinkel, J., Lincke, D., Vafeidis, A.T., Reef, R., McFadden, L. and Brown, S. Published: 2016 Publication: Global and Planetary ChangeVolume: 139 Page Range: 15-30
doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.018

Subsidence and human influences in mega deltas: the case of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna - Brown, S. and Nicholls, R.J. Published: 2015 Publication: Science of The Total Environment Volume: 527-528 Page Range: 362-374
doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.124

Is there a rhythm of the rain? An analysis of weather in popular music - Brown, S., Aplin, K.L., Jenkins, K., Mander, S., Walsh, C. and Williams, P.
Published: 2015 Publication: Weather Volume: 70, (7) Page Range: 198-204
doi: 10.1002/wea.2464

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Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Southampton,
SO17 1BJ.
United Kingdom

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