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Dr Janez Susnik

Associate Research Fellow


My current research interests are related to global water availability and resource use. My focus is on water resources in the Mediterranean basin, and research being carried out as part of the EC FP7 project WASSERMed ( This project focuses on using a systems modelling paradigm for water-balance modelling while integrating food and economic-related issues, and exploring the impacts of global change on local situations. I also have a keen interest in the wider water-food-energy-economic network, and am exploring using systems modelling to simulate this system in an integrated way. Other interests relate to how catchments (hillslopes + channels) response to catastrophic, widespread perturbation, and the immediate and longer term impacts to, for example, water and sediment flux. A related interest is analysing the global sediment flux to the oceans, and the possible development of a hybrid model to better estimate the flux.

I have a strong background in the Environmental Sciences. I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) degree from Lancaster University, graduating top of my year group. I completed my dissertation project at the ETH, Zurich. I then completed a PhD in th School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. The title of the PhD thesis is 'Lahars in the Belham River Valley, Montserrat, West Indies. I have also had two year experience in the commercial sector working on large-scale flood mapping projects.


Alexander J, Barclay J, Susnik J, Loughlin S. C, Herd R. A, Darnell A, and Crosweller S. 2010. Sediment-charged flash floods on Montserrat: The influence of synchronous tephra fall and varying extent of vegetation damage. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 194: 127-138.

Barclay J, Alexander J, and Susnik J. 2007. Rainfall-induced lahars in the Belham Valley, Montserrat, West Indies. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 167: 815-827.

Susnik J, Barclay J, Alexander J, Herd R, Darnell A, and Crosweller S. 2007. Little and often, or once in a while with a bang? Lahar hazard on Montserrat. Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual General Meeting, Oxford, 2-4 January 2007 Abstracts.

Susnik J, Alexander J, and Barclay J. 2006. The Belham Valley, Montserrat: When is a lahar not a lahar? British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting, Aberdeen, UK, 17-19 December Abstracts, 139pp.

Susnik J, Alexander J, and Barclay J. 2006. When is a lahar not a lahar? Observations from the Belham River Valley, Montserrat. 17th International Sedimentological Congress, Fukuoka, Japan, 27th August-1st September 2006. Abstracts Volume 1, 386pp.

Susnik J, Alexander J, and Barclay J. 2005. Lahar deposits and topographic change in the Belham River valley, Montserrat, West Indies. British Sedimentological Research Group Annual General Meeting 2005, Durham, UK, 18-20 December 2005, Abstracts, 118pp.

Susnik J, Alexander J and Barclay J. 2005. Floods incorporating volcanic debris on Montserrat. 8th International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Delft, The Netherlands, 7-12 August 2005, Abstracts, 340pp.