Marco Van De Wiel

Associate Professor

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the field of computational geomorphology, i.e. the development and application of numerical models to simulate geomorphological landscape evolution at various scales. Considering the natural landscape is a complex, non-linear dynamic system, these models often provide an alternative way to study interactions between different geomorphological processes or to test conceptual hypotheses.

I am particularly interested in applying numerical models to understand the interactions and feedbacks between geomorphological, hydrological and ecological processes, and in predicting the impact of environmental change on the geomorphological and ecological dynamics of the landscape.

Publications (past 7 years)

Journal Papers

Coulthard, T.J., Van De Wiel, M.J. 2013 (submitted) 'Climate, tectonics or morphology: What signals can we see in drainage basin sediment yields?' Earth Surface Dynamics

Coulthard, T.J., and Van De Wiel, M.J., 2012 'Modelling river history and evolution' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 370: 2123-2142

Capitan, R-D., and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2012 'Regional morphometric and geomorphologic mapping of Martian landforms' Computers and Geosciences 45: 190-198

Van De Wiel, M.J., Coulthard, T.J., Macklin, M.G. and Lewin, J. 2011 'Modelling the response of river systems to environmental change: progress, problems and prospects' Earth-Science Reviews 104: 167-185

Capitan, R-D., Van De Wiel, M.J. 2011 'Landform hierarchy and evolution in Gorgonum and Atlantis Basins, Mars' Icarus 211: 366-388

Van De Wiel, M.J. and Coulthard, T.J. 2010 'Self-organized criticality in river basins: Challenging sedimentary records of environmental change' Geology 38: 87-90

Van De Wiel, M.J. and Darby, S.E. 2007 'A new model to analyse the impact of woody riparian vegetation on the geotechnical stability of riverbanks' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32: 2185-2198

Coulthard, T.J. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2007 'Quantifying fluvial non-linearity and finding self organized criticality? Insights from simulations of river basin evolution' Geomorphology 91: 216-235

Van De Wiel, M.J., Coulthard, T.J., Macklin, M.G. and Lewin, J. 2007 'Embedding reach-scale fluvial dynamics within the CAESAR cellular automaton landscape evolution model' Geomorphology 90: 283-301

Coulthard, T.J., Hicks, M.D. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2007 'Cellular modelling of river catchments and reaches: Advantages, limitations and prospects' Geomorphology 90: 192-207

Coulthard, T.J. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2006 'A cellular model of river meandering' Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 31(1): 123-132

Chapters in Books

Van De Wiel, M.J., Rousseau, Y.Y. and Darby, S.E. 2013 (submitted) 'Models in fluvial geomorphology' in Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology, Second Edition eds G.M. Kondolf and H. Piégay (John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK)

Coulthard, T.J. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2013 'Numerical modelling in fluvial geomorphology' in Treatise in Geomorphology, Volume 9: Fluvial Geomorphology eds J. Shroder and E. Wohl (Academic Press: San Diego, CA, US) 694-710

Coulthard, T.J. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2012 'Can we link cause and effect in landscape evolution?' in Gravel Bed Rivers VII: Processes, Tools, Environments eds M. Church, P. Biron and A. Roy (John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, UK) 512-521

Thorne, C. Wallerstein, N., et al., 2010 'Accounting for sediment in flood risk management' in Flood Risk Science and Management. ed G. Pender and H. Faulkner (Wiley-Blackwell, London, UK)

Coulthard, T.J., and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2006 'The Cellular Automaton Evolutionary Slope And River model (CAESAR)' in Accounting for Sediment in Rivers. Research Report UR-9, ed N. Wallerstein (Flood Risk Management Research Consortium, Bristol, UK) 101-119

Van De Wiel, M.J. and Darby, S.E. 2004 'Numerical modeling of bed topography and bank erosion along tree-lined meandering rivers' in  Riparian Vegetation and Fluvial Geomorphology Water Science and Application ed S.J. Bennett and A. Simon (American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC) 267-282

Darby, S.E. and Van De Wiel, M.J. 2003 'Models in fluvial geomorphology' in  Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology ed G.M. Kondolf and H. Piégay (John Wiley, Chichester, UK) 501-537

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
N. Bergman Current Erosion and sediment transport in semi-alluvial rivers
T. Martel Current Smoothed Particle Hydraulics Modelling of Fluvial Geomorphological Processes
Y. Rousseau Current Numerical Modelling and Prediction of the Effects of River Management Scenarios on River Adjustment
MSc Students Year Title
M. Kerrigan 2013  The Periglacial Landscape of Utopia Planitia; Geologic Evidence for Recent Climate Change on Mars
A. Brunet 2010 Predicting Channel Geometry based on Urban Land Use and Riparian Bank Vegetation
T. Martel 2010 Modelling Turbidity Current Driven Lacustrine Sediment Deposition

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Courses Taught

  • GEO 2071 - World Rivers
  • GEO 3260 - Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • GEO 3333 - Drainage Basin Geomorphology
  • GEO 9105 - Environmental Modeling
  • GEO 9212 - Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEO 9222 - Landscape Modeling