Jonathan Nott is Professor of Geoscience, College of Science, Technology and Engineering, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. He has held appointments at Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and the Australian National University.

Professor Nott is a Member of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, Australian Quaternary Association and formerly member of the National Committee for Quaternary Research Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Nott undertakes research into extreme natural events such as river floods, tsunamis and tropical cyclones and specializes in post-event surveys both in Australia and overseas. He also specialises in reconstructing long-term natural records of these extreme events. These records provide a more realistic guide to the long-term behaviour of these hazards and can be used as a basis for estimating their return intervals and for risk assessment.

Prof. Nott has published many articles on these topics in international refereed journals and has provided the first detailed review of the techniques involved in reconstructing these long-term records in his book ‘Extreme Events’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.


  • EV2401: Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3454: Natural Hazards (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV5454: Natural Hazards (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC1101: Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding (Level 1; CNS)
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Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • Nott J (2015) Paleostorm surge. In: Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. Hazards and Disasters. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 45-55

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 55+ research outputs authored by Prof Jonathan Nott from 2000 onwards.

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Cairns Regional Council - Contract Research

Cairns Esplanade Sand Movement Study

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Sand is accumulating on the mud flats along the Cairns esplanade foreshore where it was not previously being deposited in the relatively recent past. This study aims to determine the source of the sand and the nature and direction of sand transport.
Jonathan Nott (College of Science & Engineering)
Cairns Esplanade; Mudflats; Beach; Sand Transport

Griffith University - National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility - Contract Research

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Indicative Funding
Project aim is to write a short paper / manuscript on how climate has changed in the past, with a particular focus on sea level rise and the Australian coast (and the insights of coastal dynamics from palaeo data). It is expected that a review type journal publication will result from this work.
Jonathan Nott (College of Science & Engineering)
Coastal Environments; Sea Level Rise; Climate Change

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Long Records of Environmental Change from Sinkhole Sediments in the Northern Australian Semi-Arid Zone (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • A Deeper Understanding of Isoscapes in the Tropics (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
  • The Impacts of Cyclones on Turtle Nesting Beaches. (Masters, Secondary Advisor)

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