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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR James P. Terry
 
DEPARTMENT of GEOGRAPHY
National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

       
Appointment: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Office: AS2
Email: geojpt@nus.edu.sg
Tel: +65 6516-7144
Fax: +65 6777-3091
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/geojpt/
  
 
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Brief Introduction Top

James Terry is a British national.  He received his BSc (Hons) (1988) and PhD (1992) from the University of Wales at Swansea in the UK.  Currently he is Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, since 2008.  Before that he served as Head of the School of Geography at the University of the South Pacific based in Fiji, where he worked for 12 years in total from 1996-2008.

 

Being a Physical Geographer, James has specialist interests in tropical geomorphology, natural hazards and island geoscience.  He has over 20 years of research and consulting experience across many aspects of tropical environments, including climatic change and extremes, fluvial and coastal responses to large-magnitude events, water resource issues, and adaptation to natural hazards.  

 

Professional affiliations

Treasurer-elect of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (http://www.asiaoceania.org/society/index.asp)
Chair of the Steering Committee on Natural Hazards and Risk, International Council for Science (http://www.icsu.org/icsu-asia/about-icsu-roap/structure/secretariat/secretariat/)

Editorial Board membership

Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography (http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0129-7619)
South Pacific Studies (http://cpi.kagoshima-u.ac.jp/publications/southpacificstudies/sps/sps00/southpacificstudies.html)

 


Teaching Areas Top

Lecturing Experience (current and previous)

Academic Coordinator and Principal Lecturer for the following modules:

 

Undergraduate courses

1.         Introduction to Physical Geography (100-level, first year)

Structure of the Earth

Climatology

Hydrology

Geomorphology

Pedology

Biogeography

 

2.         The Physical Environment: Land, Water and Climate (200-level, second year)

Hillslope and stream hydrology

Tropical, volcanic and limestone geomorphology

Climatic processes

Statistical methods and quantitative techniques

 

3.         Terrestrial and Coastal Environments (200-level, second year)

Weathering processes and landforms

Fluvial processes and landforms

Soil formation and processes

Karst processes and landforms

Volcanic processes and landforms

Coastal processes and landforms

 

4.         Natural Hazards (300-level, third year)

Defining natural hazards and assessing societal vulnerability

Geohazards: earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, rapid mass movements

Climatic hazards: storms, drought, wildfires

Water-related hazards: river floods, storm surge and coastal inundation

 

Hazard avoidance, mitigation and adaptation

 

5.         Pacific Geoscience (300-level, third year)

Definition, distribution and classification of islands
Island climates and climate change

Coral reefs and atolls

Island ecosystems and biodiversity

Formation of islands − plate tectonics and volcanism

Island landscapes − volcanic, limestone and atoll islands

Human impacts on islands 

Eustacy and isostacy (sea-level change)

 

 

 6.         Field Investigation in Physical Geography (400-level, honours year)

Water quality monitoring

Coastal environments

Fluvial geomorphology

Soil erosion processes

Karst formation

Tropical landscapes

 
 

Postgraduate courses / Thesis supervision

 

1.       Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) (Programme Joint Coordinator, team taught)

2.       Tropical Geomorphology

Landforms, Landscapes and Processes, Climatic geomorphology,

Volcanic, Carbonate and Atoll Geomorphology

3.       Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (team taught)

Pacific climate change and variability

Water Resources on Islands

Mitigation and Adaptation techniques

4.       Geographical Research Methods (team taught)

Paradigms, Research Methods, Statistical Techniques

5.       PhD, MSc and MA thesis supervision in physical geography, environmental science and physics:

·         Origins and geomorphic significance of large carbonate boulders (megaclasts) deposited on tropical Asia-Pacific reef coastlines. Annie Lau (continuing).

·         Determination of Floodplain Sedimentation Rates in the Labasa River Basin, Using Radioactive Tracing Techniques. Rajeev R. Lal, MSc, 2009.

·         People, Pigs and Pollution – a Participatory Approach to Pig-Waste Management at the Village Level in Fiji. Kamal Khatri, MA, 2007.

·         The Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems to Change Detection for Integrated Coastal Management. Lanieta V. Tokalauvere, MA, 2007.

·         The Holocene Geomorphic Evolution of the Sigatoka Delta, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Antoine de Biran, PhD, 2001.

 

 

 Experience with teaching delivery modes (Distance, Flexible and E-Learning (DFEL) plus field classes)

 

1.       Face-to-Face taught courses (in Singapore, Fiji, Tonga and the Marshall Islands; plus lecture visits to Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Fiji)

2.       Video and audio-broadcast lectures (both pre-recorded and real-time interactive)

3.       E-lectures via virtual learning environment (VLE)

4.       Print-mode courses (development of written lecture courses for distance delivery)

5.       Field classes taken in Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Portugal, Ireland, Tunisia

 


Current Research Top

Current and recent research themes

 

· Les dépôts cyclopéens associés aux événements cycloniques dans le Pacifique Ouest (avec l’Université de la Polynésie Française).

· Geovisualisation of spatio-temporal patterns of tropical cyclones (with the Department of Geomatics, University of Alaska and NUS GIS Unit).

· Pacific island river systems - hydrology, sediment transport processes and floodplain deposition in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Solomon Islands (with 1. the University of Guelph, Canada, 2. Dept. of Physics, University of the South Pacific, 3. National Hydrology Services).

· Volcanic, seismic and mass movement hazards on Kadavu Island, Fiji (with the Institute of Natural Resources, Massey University, NZ)

· Karst landforms on Niue Island (South Pacific), and Yoron (Japan) (with the Research Center for the Pacific Islands, Kagoshima University, Japan).

· Tropical cyclones - characteristics, behaviour and physical impacts on island environments in the Pacific.

·  Caesium-137 and lead-210 studies in soils and sediments (with the Dept. of Physics, USP, Fiji)

· ENSO and climate variability – links with drought and surface water resources (with the Fiji Meteorological Service).

· Soil erosion – problems of sugar and ginger cultivation in Fiji (with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Fiji)

 

 


Research Interests Top

Main areas of interest and expertise

·     tropical geomorphology and tropical hydrology

·     natural hazards – tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, storm surge, wildfires

·     water resources

·     physical geography of tropical Pacific islands

·     karst on carbonate islands

·     soil erosion processes and land degradation

 


Publications Top

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    Books and Edited Volumes (reverse chronological order)

     

    Terry, J.P. and Goff, J.R. 2012. (Eds) The special vulnerability of Asia–Pacific islands to natural hazards. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. Geological Society of London, special publication no.361. http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/page10523.html

    Terry, J.P. and Thomas, F.R. (Editors) 2008. The Marshall Islands: Environment, History and Society in the Atolls. Faculty of Islands and Oceans, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, 290pp. http://uspbookcentre.com/store/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=UBC&Product_Code=9789820108233&Category_Code=SN

    Terry, J.P. 2007. Tropical Cyclones: Climatology and Impacts in the South Pacific. Springer, New York, 210pp. http://www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/atmospheric+sciences/book/978-0-387-71542-1

    Terry, J.P. and Murray, W.E. (Editors) 2004. Niue Island: Geographical Perspectives on the Rock of Polynesia. International Scientific Council for Island Development, UNESCO, Paris, 301pp. http://uspbookcentre.com/store/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=UBC&Product_Code=ISBN-9299002304

    Terry, J.P. (Editor) 1998. Climate and Environmental Change in the Pacific. School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 144pp. http://uspbookcentre.com/store/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=UBC&Product_Code=9789820103580

    George, R., Weaver, D. and Terry, J. 1996. Environmental Water Quality – A Guide to Sampling and Measurement. Agdex No. 582. Department of Agriculture, Perth, Western Australia, 38pp.

     

     

    Chapters in Books and Edited Volumes (reverse chronological order)

     

    Gehrke, P.C., Sheaves, M.J., Terry, J.P., Boseto, D., Ellison, J.C., Figa, B.S. and Wani, J. 2011. Vulnerability of freshwater and estuarine fish habitats in the tropical Pacific to climate change. Chapter 7, In: Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries in the Pacific. Bell, J.D., Johnson, J.E. and Hobday, A.J. (Eds), Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Nouméa, New Caledonia, 369-431.

    Terry, J.P. 2011. Drainage, Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology. In: The Natural History of Santo. P. Bouchet, H. Le Guyader and O. Pascal (Eds), Publications Scientifiques du Muséum (Patrimoines Naturels), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, France, 46-51.

    Terry, J.P. 2011.  The Climate of Santo. In: The Natural History of Santo. P. Bouchet, H. Le Guyader and O. Pascal (Eds), Publications Scientifiques du Muséum (Patrimoines Naturels), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, France, 52-56.

    Terry, J.P. 2011. Recent Evolution of the Jourdain River Braidplain on Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu. In: Floodplains: Physical Geography, Ecology and Societal Interactions, M.A. Álvarez (Ed.), Nova Science, New York, pp.263-272.

    Terry, J.P. 2010. Geomorphic influences on the variability of coastal erosion and deposition on Ambae Island, Vanuatu, caused by Cyclone Funa in January 2008. Advances in Geosciences, v.16: Atmospheric Science, J.H. Oh (Ed), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp.193-202.

    Terry, J.P. 2009. Emerging concepts in hydrology for tropical Pacific regimes. In: Advances in Geosciences, v.11: Hydrological Science, N. Park (Ed.), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp.45-55.

    Terry, J.P., Kahsai, K., Grover, V. and Mayfield, C. 2009. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) – needs and training for the Oceania region. In: Advances in Geosciences, v.11: Hydrological Science, N. Park (Ed.), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp.313-324.

    Terry, J.P. and Thaman, R.R. 2008. Physical geography of Majuro and the Marshall Islands. In: The Marshall Islands: Environment, History and Society in the Atolls, J.P. Terry and F.R. Thomas (Eds), Faculty of Islands and Oceans, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, pp.1-22.

    Terry, J. 2005. Hazard warning! Hydrological responses in the Fiji Islands to climate variability and severe meteorological events. In: Regional Hydrological Impacts of Climatic Change—Hydroclimatic Variability, S. Franks, T. Wagener, E. Bøgh, H.V. Gupta, L. Bastidas, C. Nobre and C. de Oliveira Galvão (Eds), International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), Publication No.296, pp.33-41.

    Terry, J.P. 2005. Limestone geomorphology on Yoron Island, central Ryukyu Island Arc, southern Japan. In: Social Homeostasis of Small Islands in an Island-Zone: Interdisciplinary Approach to Satsunan Islands Focussing on Yoron Island, J. Tsukahara and S. Nagashima (Eds), Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands, Japan, Occasional Papers No.42, pp.25-34.

    Murray, W.E. and Terry, J.P. 2004. Niue’s Place in the Pacific. In: Niue Island, Geographical Perspectives on the Rock of Polynesia, J.P. Terry and W.E. Murray (Eds), International Scientific Council for Island Development, UNESCO, Paris, pp.9-29.

    Terry, J.P. 2004. Geomorphic features of Niue Island: chasms, caves and other karst varieties. In: Niue Island, Geographical Perspectives on the Rock of Polynesia, J.P. Terry and W.E. Murray (Eds), International Scientific Council for Island Development, UNESCO, Paris, pp.75-88.

    Terry, J.P. 2004. Climatic hazards facing Niue. In: Niue Island, Geographical Perspectives on the Rock of Polynesia, J.P. Terry and W.E. Murray (Eds), International Scientific Council for Island Development, UNESCO, Paris, pp.113-124.

    Terry, J.P. and Raj, R. 2002. The 1997-98 El Niño and drought in the Fiji Islands. In: Hydrology and Water Management in the Humid Tropics. Technical Documents in Hydrology No.52, UNESCO International Hydrology Programme-V, Paris, pp.80-93.

    Terry, J.P. and Raj, R. 1998. Hydrological drought in western Fiji. In: Climate and Environmental Change in the Pacific, J.P. Terry (Ed.), School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp.73-85.

    Shakesby, R.A., Coelho, C.O.A., Ferreira, A.J.D., Terry, J.P. and Walsh, R.P.D. 1994. Fire, post-burn land use and soil erosion response curves in eucalyptus and pine forests, Portugal. In: Soil Erosion as a Consequence of Forest Fires, M. Sala and J.L. Rubio (Eds), Geoforma Ediciones, Logroño, Spain, pp.111-132.

    Terry, J.P. 1994. Soil loss from erosion plots of differing post-burn forest cover, Portugal. In: Soil Erosion as a Consequence of Forest Fires, M. Sala and J.L. Rubio (Eds), Geoforma Ediciones, Logroño, Spain, pp.133-147.

     

     

    Published Articles (reverse chronological order; alphabetical within each year; since 2008)

     

    Chui, T.F.M. and Terry, J.P. 2012. Modeling freshwater lens damage and recovery on atoll islands after storm-wave washover. Ground Water DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6584.2011.00860.x

    Feng, C.-C. and Terry, J.P. 2012. Exploratory spatial analysis of typhoon characteristics in the North Pacific basin. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. J.P. Terry and J.R. Goff (Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publication no.361, 187-194.

    Gienko, G.A. and Terry, J.P. 2012. Geovisualization of tropical cyclone behaviour in the South Pacific. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. J.P. Terry and J.R. Goff (Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publication no.361, 195-208.

    Goff, J.R., Chagué-Goff, C. and Terry, J.P. 2012. The value of a Pacific-wide tsunami database to risk reduction – putting theory into practice. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. J.P. Terry and J.R. Goff (Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publication no.361, 209-220.

    Goff, J.R. and Terry, J.P. 2012. Living with natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific region. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. J.P. Terry and J.R. Goff (Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publication no.361, 1-2.

    Terry, J.P. and Goff, J.R. 2012. The special vulnerability of Asia-Pacific islands to natural hazards. In: Natural hazards in the Asia–Pacific Region: Recent Advances and Emerging Concepts. J.P. Terry and J.R. Goff (Eds), Geological Society of London, Special Publication no.361, 3-5.

    Terry, J.P., Winspear, N. and Tran, Q.C. 2012. The ‘terrific Tongking typhoon’ of October 1881 – implications for the Red River Delta (northern Vietnam) in modern times. Weather, 67, 72-75.

    Terry, J.P. and Etienne, S. 2011. "Stones from the dangerous winds" – reef platform mega-clasts in the tropical Pacific Islands. Natural Hazards, v.56, 567-569.

    Terry, J.P. and Gienko, G. 2011. Developing a new sinuosity index for cyclone tracks in the tropical South Pacific. Natural Hazards, 59, 1161-1174.

    Terry, J.P., Lal, R. and Garimella, S. 2011. Assessing the utility of 210Pb geochronology for estimating sediment accumulation rates on river floodplains in Fiji. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, v.32, 102-114.

    Terry, J.P. and Poole, B. 2011. Providing university education in physical geography across the South Pacific Islands: multi-modal course delivery and student grade performance. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/03098265.2011.589026 , p1-18.

    Terry, J.P. and Wotling, G. 2011.  Identifying rain-shadow influences on river flows and flood magnitudes across the central massif divide of La Grande Terre island, New Caledonia. Journal of Hydrology, 404, 77-86.

    Terry, J.P. and Etienne, S. 2010. Recent heightened tropical cyclone activity east of 180° in the South Pacific. Weather, v.65, 193-195.

    Terry, J.P. and Etienne, S. 2010. Tempestuous times in the South Pacific Islands. Science, v.328 (5977), 428-429.

    Terry, J.P. and Falkland, A.C. 2010. Responses of atoll freshwater lenses to storm-surge overwash in the Northern Cook Islands. Hydrogeology Journal, v.18, 749-759.

    Terry, J.P. and Feng, C.C. 2010. On quantifying the sinuosity of typhoon tracks in the western North Pacific basin. Applied Geography, v.30, 678-686.

    Terry J.P. and Gienko, G. 2010. Climatological aspects of South Pacific tropical cyclones, based on analysis of the RSMC-Nadi (Fiji) regional archive. Climate Research, v.42, 223-233.

    Terry, J.P. and Khatri, K. 2009. People, pigs and pollution – experiences with applying Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methodology to identify problems of pig-waste management at the village level in Fiji. Journal of Cleaner Production, v.17, 1393-1400.

    Gienko, G., Terry, J.P. and Tokalauvere, L. 2008. Time series aerial photographs to detect spatio-temporal changes in coastal areas of Fiji. South Pacific Journal of Natural Science, v.26, 53-61.

    Terry, J.P., Garimella, S. and Lal, R. 2008. A study of floodplain growth in the Labasa River sugarcane belt of northern Fiji: rates, influences and contributing processes. Geographical Research, v.46, 399-412.

    Terry, J.P., Kostaschuk, R.A. and Wotling, G. 2008. Features of tropical cyclone-induced flood peaks on Grande Terre, New Caledonia. Water and Environment Journal, v.22, 177-183.

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