Imperial College London

Jonah S. McLeod

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Postgraduate







2.52BRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Landscape sensitivity to past and future climate: solving the intermittency puzzle.

I am a PhD researcher funded by the NERC Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) DTP between The Grantham Institute and Imperial College London. 

My research focuses on past and present rivers, and how their response to climate change can inform projections of how sensitive fluvial systems are to future changes in climate. In particular, intermittent rivers which only require one flood every year or so could see drastic increases in sediment transport flux when storminess and precipitation patterns change due to global warming. This could have significant implications for geomorphology, landscape dynamics, and people living in intermittency river catchments. 

I am using precipitation pattern modelling and modern and palaeo-hydrology to help solve this problem. 


Wood, J., McLeod, J. S., Lyster, S. J. & Whittaker, A. C. Rivers of the Variscan Foreland: fluvial morphodynamics in the Pennant Formation of South Wales, UK. Journal of the Geological Society (2022) doi:

Whittaker, A., Lyster, S., McLeod, J., Wood, J., Hajek, E., and Ganti, V.: Flood variability in the rock record? Disequilibrium bedform preservation in ancient fluvial stratigraphy, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-6440,, 2022.

McLeod, J. S., Wood, J., Whittaker, A., Lyster, S. Quantifying flood variability in the rock record: New constraints from the upper Carboniferous Pennant Sandstone, South Wales. BSRG 2021 Conference Presentation,




McLeod J, Wood J, Lyster S, et al., 2023, Quantitative constraints on flood variability in the rock record, Nature Communications, Vol:14, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-12

Wood J, McLeod JS, Lyster SJ, et al., 2022, Rivers of the Variscan Foreland: fluvial morphodynamics in the Pennant Formation of South Wales, UK, Journal of the Geological Society, ISSN:0016-7649

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