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.



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  • 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 57+ research outputs authored by Prof Jonathan Nott from 2000 onwards.


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  • Weather in a bottle: Towards a North Australian hydro climate record (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Holocene Fluvial Archives of Wet Tropical Rivers: Implications for sediment delivery to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Quaternary Environmental Change in Wet-dry Tropics of Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Neotectonics and the Demise of Pleistocene Mega-Lake Eyre (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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