David Huntley

David Huntley

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Science & Environment (NC)


Professor of Physical Oceanography


MA (Cantab), PhD (Bristol)

Research interests

Physical Oceanography of Beach Processes and Sediment Transport in Coastal Seas. Modelling and Prediction of Beach Evolution. Seabed Boundary Layer Turbulence. Mixing and Dispersion in Coastal Seas.

Refereed publications over the past 5 years:

BALDOCK, T.E., HUNTLEY, D.A., BIRD, P.A.D., O’HARE, T.J. and BULLOCK, G.N., 2000. Breakpoint generated surf beat induced by bichromatic wave groups. Coastal Engineering, 39, 213-242.

OZANNE, F., CHADWICK, A.J., HUNTLEY, D.A., SIMMONDS, D.J. and LAWRENCE, J., 2000. Velocity predictions for shoaling and breaking waves with a Boussinesq-type model. Coastal Engineering, 41, 361-397.

COCO, G., HUNTLEY, D.A. and O’HARE, T.J. 2000. Investigation of a self-organisation model for beach cusp formation and development. J. Geophys. Res., 105(9), 21991-22002.

DAVIDSON, M. A., KINGSTON, K.S. and HUNTLEY, D.A., 2000. New solution for directional wave analysis in reflective wave fields. J. Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, 126 (4), 173-181.

FALQUES, A., COCO, G. and HUNTLEY, D.A., 2000. A mechanism for the generation of wave-driven rhythmic patterns on the surf zone. J. Geophys. Res., 105 (C10), 24,011-24,087.

MILES, J. R., RUSSELL, P. E. and HUNTLEY, D.A., 2001. Field measurements of sediment dynamics in front of a seawall, Journal of Coastal Research, 17(1), 195-206.

MORRIS, B.D., DAVIDSON, M.A. and HUNTLEY, D.A., 2001. Measurements of the response of a coastal inlet using video monitoring techniques. Marine Geology, 175, 251-272.

COCO, G., HUNTLEY, D. A. and O’HARE, T. J., 2001. Regularity and randomness in the formation of beach cusps. Marine Geology, 178, 1-9.

MILES, J. R., RUSSELL, P. E., RUESSINK, B. G. and HUNTLEY, D. A. 2002. Field observations of the effect of shear waves on sediment suspension and transport. Nearshore and Coastal Oceanography (Continental Shelf Research), 22, 657-681.

HUTHNANCE, J.M., HUMPHERY, J.D., KNIGHT, P.J., CHATWIN, P.G., THOMSEN, L. and WHITE, M. (2002). Near-bed turbulence measurements, stress estimates and sediment mobility at the continental shelf edge. Progress in Oceanography, 52(2-4), 171-194.

CABALLERIA, M., COCO, G., FALQUES, A. and HUNTLEY, D. A. 2002. Self-organisation mechanisms for the formation of nearshore crescentic and transverse bars. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 465, 379-410.

PRITCHARD, M. and HUNTLEY, D. A. 2002. Instability and mixing in a small estuarine plume front. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 55, 275-285.

BALDOCK, T. E. And HUNTLEY, D. A. 2002. Long wave forcing by the random breaking of gravity water waves. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. A 458, 2177-2201

SIEGLE, E., HUNTLEY, D. A. and DAVIDSON, M.A., 2002. Modelling water surface topography at a complex inlet system – Teignmouth, UK. J. Coastal Research, SI36, 675-685

MORRIS, B. D., DAVIDSON, M. A. and HUNTLEY, D. A., 2004. Estimates of the seasonal morphological evolution of the Barra Nova inlet using video techniques. Continental Shelf Research 24 (2), 263-278.

SIEGLE, E., HUNTLEY, D. A. and DAVIDSON, M.A. (In press). Physical controls on the dynamics of inlet bar systems. Ocean Dynamics. ISSN 1616-7341 (print), 1616-7228 (electronic).

BALDOCK, T. E., O’HARE, T. J. and HUNTLEY, D. A. (2004). Long wave forcing on a barred beach. J. Fluid Mech. 503, 321-343.

MASSELINK, G., RUSSELL, P, COCO, G. and HUNTLEY, D. (2004). Test of edge wave forcing during formation of rhythmic beach morphology. J. Geophys. Res, 109, C06003, doi:10.129/2004JC002339.

HUNTLEY, D. A. , COCO, G. and O’HARE, T. J. (in press). Abstracted modelling as a tool for understanding and predicting coastal morphodynamics. J. Coastal Research

Van KONINGSVELD, M, DAVIDSON, M.A. and HUNTLEY, D.A., (2005). Matching science with coastal management needs: the search for appropriate coastal state indicators. J. Coastal Research 21(3), 399-411.

PRITCHARD, M. and HUNTLEY, D. A. (2006).  A simplified energy and mixing budget for a  small river plume discharge. J. Geophys. Res., 111, C03019, doi:10.1029/2005JC002984.

O'HARE, T. J., and HUNTLEY, D. A. 2006, Comment on “Morphologic properties derived from a simple cross-shore sediment transport model” by N. G. Plant, B. G. Ruessink, and K. M. Wijnberg, J. Geophys. Res., 111, C07003, doi:10.1029/2004JC002808

MARINO-TAPIA, I., RUSSELL, P.E., O'HARE, T., DAVIDSON, M.A. and HUNTLEY, D.A. 2007. Cross-shore sediment transport on natural beaches and their relation to sandbar migration patterns. Part 1: Field observations. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112 (C3): Art. No. C03001 MAR 2 2007

MARINO-TAPIA, I., RUSSELL, P.E., O'HARE, T., DAVIDSON, M.A. and HUNTLEY, D.A. 2007. Cross-shore sediment transport on natural beaches and their relation to sandbar migration patterns. Part 2: Modelling. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112 (C3): Art. No. C03002 MAR 2 2007

HUNTLEY, D.A. and STIVE, M. 2007. CoastView Special Issue Forward. Coastal Engineering 54,  461–462

VAN KONINGSVELD, M., DAVIDSON, M., HUNTLEY, D., MEDINA, R., AARNINKHOF, S., JIMENEZ, J., RIDGEWELL, J. and DE KRUIF, A. 2007. A critical review of the CoastView project: Recent and future developments in coastal management video systems. Coastal Engineering 54,  567–576.

HUNTLEY, D.A., COCO, G., BRYAN, K.R. and MURRAY, A.B. 2008, Influence of “defects” on sorted bedform dynamics, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L02601, doi:10.1029/2007GL030512.

ALMAR, R, COCO, G.,HUNTLEY, D.A., SHORT, A.D. and SENECHAL, N. 2008. Video observations of beach cusp morphodynamics. Marine Geology, 254, 216-223.