Patrick Sharrocks


I am a PGR based in the School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds working with Prof. Jeffrey Peakall investigating tsunami geohazards from a sedimentary perspective. I previously completed my integrated masters undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences specialising in Environment at the University of York. Outside of academia, I enjoy playing Golf and Tennis and am a keen football supporter and enjoy reading, walking and playing golf and tennis.



2019 – 2023: Integrated master’s degree in Natural Sciences specialising in Environment, University of York.

Research Interests

My research interests are in natural hazards and their past, present and future impacts. Within this I am particularly interested in the geological records of coastal hazards of past tsunamis and storm surges.


Project Title

Processes beneath the Great Wave: improving our understanding of tsunami geohazards using advances in deep sea sedimentology.


Prof. Jeffrey Peakall; Prof. Natasha Barlow; Prof. David Hodgson; Dr. Mike Clare (University of Southampton); Dr. Hajime Naruse (Kyoto University).

Project outline

My PhD aims to examine how sedimentary data from tsunamis can improve our understanding of the flow processes of tsunami waves. Currently our main source of information on tsunamis are from tsunami deposits, however, very little information is extracted from these deposits other than approximate wave height and run-up extents. This project will investigate how recent advances in our knowledge of deep sea sedimentology can be applied to tsunami sediment deposits and observational evidence of tsunamis to improve our understanding of tsunami flow processes. This will initially involve analyse of recent video footage of tsunamis and extensive literature reviews of tsunami sediments in lacustrine environments. Throughout the remainder of the project, numerical modelling approaches will be combined with sedimentological investigations at field locations potentially including Scotland, the Shetlands, Tonga or Japan. Combining these different approaches should allow an improved assessment of the tsunami geohazard for future events.


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