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Dr Claire Goulsbra

Lecturer in Physical Geography

My broad area of research focuses on the eroding peatland systems of the South Pennines. Of particular interest is the hydrological connectivity of various flow pathways, and how this is affected by the geomorphology and various other characteristics of this unique landscape. My PhD focussed on developing novel ways to monitor the interactions of these flow pathways and the use of innovative technologies remains one of my key interests. More recently, research focuses on carbon losses from eroding peatlands, specifically the fate of particulate carbon from peat deposited on floodplains.

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Interdisciplinary themes: 



Physical Geography and Contemporary Environmental Issues

Contemporary environmental issues; research challenges relating to the analysis and management of a range of contemporary environmental problems; Terrestrial Carbon Cycling; changing vegetation


Greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands

This project looks at the fate of fluvial carbon lost from peatland systems. The Manchester work is focused on the fate of particulate carbon, particularly on gaseous losses from peat deposited in floodplain situations



A network to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in water-related research across The University of Manchester and with external research, government and industry organisations.

Water, Climate change, Resources


Environmental Processes Research Group

The Environmental Processes Research Group conducts pure and applied work research on the dynamics of contemporary earth surface processes. The group has expertise in geomorphology, hydrology, freshwater environmental science, remote sensing, terrain analysis and geographical information science.

Environment, Geography, Geology, Climate, Water, Geographical Information Systems


Upland Environments Research Unit

The Upland Environments Research unit is a group of five staff and ten research students working in the School of Geography at the University of Manchester. The groups research interests span Geomorphology, Hydrology, Palaeoecology, and Remote Sensing with a thematic focus on Upland Environments. The group has experience of working in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. A particular focus of current work are the threatened and globally distinctive uplands of the southern Pennines where the group maintains a continually monitored research catchment.

Water, Geography, Environment, Soil