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Jonathan Dale

Lecturer at undergraduate level including remote sensing and earth observation.

Areas of interest

  • Wetland restoration
  • Coastal and estuarine management
  • Intertidal morphology
  • Unmanned aerial systems 

Research centres and groups

Environmental Science Research Division


Jonathan is a coastal and estuarine geomorphologist. His research focuses on the factors influencing the evolution and development of wetland restoration schemes, and management of intertidal environments more widely. In his research, Jonathan works closely with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales.

Jonathan completed his PhD at the University of Brighton in 2018, where he subsequently worked in various research and teaching roles. In 2019, he moved to Coventry University before joining the University of Reading in 2022. He has been a Council Member of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association since 2017.

You can follow Jonathan on Twitter @DrJonathanDale

Selected publications

  • Lashford C, Lavers T, Reaney S, Charlesworth S, Burgess-Gamble L, Dale J. 2022. Catchment Flood Management: a review of the terminology and application of sustainable flood management techniques in the UK. Water 14 (8). p. 1204.
  • Pontee N, Mossman H, Burgess H, Schuerch M, Charman R, Hudson R, Dale J, Austin W, Burden A, Balke T, Maynard C. 2021. Saltmarsh Restoration Methods in Saltmarsh Restoration Handbook: UK & Ireland. Hudson R, Kenworthy J, Best M. (eds.). Environment Agency, p. 65-102
  • Dale J, Burnside NG, Berg MJ, Strong CJ, Burgess HM. 2021. Sedimentary processes and physicochemical changes in a non-engineered managed realignment site. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 260: 107510.
  • Dale J, Burnside NG, Hill-Butler C, Berg MJ, Strong CJ, Burgess HM. 2020. The Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Determine Differences in Vegetation Cover: A Tool for Monitoring Coastal Wetland Restoration Schemes. Remote Sensing 12, 4022.
  • Burgess HM, Nelson K, Colclough S, Dale J. 2020. The Impact that Geomorphological Development of Managed Realignment Sites has on Fish Habitat. Coastal Management 2019: 375-389.
  • Dale J, Burnside NG, Strong CJ, Burgess HM. 2020. The use of small-Unmanned Aerial Systems for high resolution analysis of creek evolution in intertidal wetland environments. Ecological Engineering 143: 105695
  • Dale J, Cundy AB, Spencer KL, Carr SJ, Croudace IW, Burgess HM, Nash DJ. 2019. Sediment structure and physicochemical evolution following tidal inundation at a large open coast managed realignment site. Science of the Total Environment 660: 1419-1432.
  • Strick RJP, Ashworth PJ, Sambrook Smith GH, Best JL, Lane SN, Nicholas AP, Parsons DR, Simpson CJ, Unsworth CA, Dale J. 2019. Quantification of bedform dynamics in sandy braided rivers from airborne imagery. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 44: 953-972.
  • Dale J, Burgess HM, Nash DJ, Cundy AB. 2018. Hydrodynamics and sedimentary processes in the main drainage channel of a large open coast managed realignment site. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 215: 100-111.
  • Dale J, Burgess HM, Burnside NG, Kilkie P, Nash DJ, Cundy AB. 2018. The formation and evolution of intertidal morphology in a newly inundated intertidal saltmarsh and mudflat environment. Anthropocene Coasts 1: 16-33.
  • Dale J, Burgess HM, Cundy AB. 2017. Sedimentation rhythms and hydrodynamics in two engineered environments in an open coast managed realignment site. Marine Geology 383: 120-131.


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