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Dr Andreas Baas achieved his BSc in Physical Geography and Soil Science and his MSc in Process Geomorphology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), which included an internship at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada.

He earned his PhD at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, supported by a Tyler Environmental Fellowship and a Research Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). During his last year in Los Angeles he was an Adjunct Professor at California State University San Bernardino.

Since 2003, Andreas has been Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and now Reader in Geomorphology in the Department of Geography. He is an associate editor for Earth Surface Dynamics, edited the Aeolian as well as the Quantitative Modelling volumes of Elsevier’s Treatise on Geomorphology, and has reviewed 130+ manuscripts for 50+ international peer-reviewed journals.

His research is supported by The Leverhulme Trust, The Nuffield Foundation, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council. To date he has published 40+ research articles and 10+ book chapters, and his scientific work has been cited more than 3000 times in other publications. 


  • Dunes and deserts
  • Wind and turbulence
  • Sediment transport processes
  • Non-linear dynamics and self-organisation

Andreas is a wide-ranging aeolian geomorphologist, with interests currently focusing on: 1) the physics of aeolian sand transport by turbulence in boundary layer flow, and 2) the development and dynamics of dunes and dune fields on Earth and Mars.

This research is supported by a broad interest in novel instrumentation and techniques for field measurement and data analysis, remote sensing, and computer simulation modelling.



  • 5SSG2023 Earth Surface Environments
  • 5SSG2064 Global Environmental Issues 


  • 7SSGN110 Environmental Data Analysis 

PhD supervision

Andreas welcomes research students on a range of topics, including:

  • Desert dune hazards under climate change
  • Dune interactions in barchan swarms
  • Sand transport dynamics and bedforms on Mars
  • Micro-plastics in coastal dune environments

Current PhD students

  • Dominic Robson
  • Lucie Delobel

Past PhD students

  • Zoë Lee (now at Planet Mark)
  • Na Yan (now at University of Leeds)

Further details

See Andreas' research profile