Professor Geoffrey Petts (1953–2018): An outstanding interdisciplinary river scientist

Angela Gurnell, Ian Foster, Ken Gregory, Paul Wood

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This paper provides an introduction and an editorial to this special issue of River Research and Applications by documenting the contributions made by Professor Geoffrey Petts to our interdisciplinary understanding of the functioning of rivers and their floodplains and their sustainable management.

We outline Geoff’s career, which framed not only his research but its communication through his inspirational teaching but also included very high level and innovative contributions to the management and development of several UK universities.

We then explain how and why Geoff was an outstanding interdisciplinary river scientist and how he communicated his science through both integrative books and book chapters and also research papers that developed eight complementary research themes.

Lastly we introduce the papers in this special issue and show how they provide inputs to all eight of Geoff’s areas of research interest.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3540
Pages (from-to)1075-1090
Number of pages16
JournalRiver Research and Applications
Issue number8
Early online date7 Nov 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2019


  • Professor Geoffrey Petts
  • Interdisciplinary
  • River Management
  • River Science
  • General Environmental Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry


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