James Leonard Best

1984 …2019
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Jim Best’s current research concerns the mechanics of sediment transport, the investigation of modern sedimentary environments, and the interpretation of ancient alluvium. Current areas of ongoing research include: interactions between turbulent flows and sediment movement, turbulence modulation in sedimentological flows, bedform dynamics, braided river dynamics and deposits, the morphodynamics of river channel confluences, the sedimentology of large rivers, the application of multibeam imaging within sedimentary environments, basin evolution, paleoenvironments, and sedimentology of the Western Irish Namurian Basin.


  • Ph.D., Birkbeck College, University of London
  • B.S., University of Leeds


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Research Output 1984 2019

Anthropogenic stresses on the world’s big rivers

Best, J. L., Jan 1 2019, In : Nature Geoscience. 12, 1, p. 7-21 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

hydrological change

Early burial mud diapirism and its impact on stratigraphic architecture in the Carboniferous of the Shannon Basin, County Clare, Ireland

Blanchard, S., Matheson, E. J., Fielding, C. R., Best, J. L., Bryk, A. B., Howell, K. J., Monson, C. C., Mahoney, G. & Peakall, J., Jan 2019, In : Sedimentology. 66, 1, p. 329-361 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Observations and scaling of tidal mass transport across the lower Ganges-Brahmaputra delta plain: Implications for delta management and sustainability

Hale, R., Bain, R., Goodbred, S. & Best, J., Mar 12 2019, In : Earth Surface Dynamics. 7, 1, p. 231-245 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mass transport

PIV measurements of turbulent flow overlying large, cubic- and hexagonally-packed hemisphere arrays

Kim, T., Blois, G., Best, J. L. & Christensen, K. T., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Hydraulic Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

turbulent flow
Turbulent flow
Surface roughness
refractive index

Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery

Strick, R. J. P., Ashworth, P. J., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Nicholas, A. P., Best, J. L., Lane, S. N., Parsons, D. R., Simpson, C. J., Unsworth, C. A. & Dale, J., Mar 30 2019, In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 44, 4, p. 953-972 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

airborne sensing
braided river