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Dr. Nick Lancaster

Research Professor Geomorphology
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Professional Interests

Nicholas Lancaster is one of the world's foremost experts on desert sand dunes. He has worked in deserts in Africa (Namib, Kalahari, northern and western Sahara), Antarctica, and the western United States (Mojave and Sonoran Deserts). His current collaborative research focuses on: (1) Dune dynamics and morphology; (2) Application of remote sensing to assess aeolian transport potential and paleoenvironments in arid regions; (3) Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and optical dating of dune deposits; (4) Impacts of climatic change on desert regions; and (5) Aeolian processes on planetary surfaces

His work has been recognized by the award of the Dandini Medal of Science from DRI in 1994, a Distinguished Career Award from the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers in 1997, and the Farouk El-Baz Award for 2001 from the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America, and the NSHE Regent's Researcher Award for 2007.

Research Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Dune sedimentary processes
  • Application of remote sensing to assess aeolian transport potential and paleoenvironments in arid regions
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR) and optical dating of dune deposits
  • Impacts of climatic change on desert regions
  • Aeolian processes on planetary surfaces

Current Funded Research Projects

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
Ph.D. University of Cambridge Geography
M.A. University of Cambridge Geography
B.A. University of Cambridge Geography

 

Publications

 

In peer-reviewed journals and edited books

2014

Rodríguez-López, J.P., Clemmenson, L., Lancaster, N., Mountney, N.P., Veiga, G.D., 2014. Archean to Recent aeolian sand systems and their sedimentary record: Current understanding and future prospects. Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/sed.12123.

Lancaster N., 2014, Aeolian Processes, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09126-0.

Lancaster, N., 2014, Dune systems of the Namib Desert – a spatial and temporal perspective, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, doi: 10.1080/0035919X.2014.924085.

 

2013

Lancaster, N., Yang, X., Thomas, D., 2013, Spatial and temporal complexity in Quaternary desert datasets: implications for interpreting past dryland dynamics and understanding potential future changes, Quaternary Science Reviews, 78(0), 301-302.

Lancaster, N. and McCarley-Holder, G., 2013, Decadal-scale evolution of a small dune field: Keeler Dunes, California 1944-2010, Geomorphology, 180-181, 281-291, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.10.017.

Scheidt, S.P. and Lancaster, N., 2013, The application of COSI-Corr to determine dune system dynamics in the southern Namib Desert using ASTER data, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.3383

Lancaster, N., 2013, 11.12 Sand Seas and Dune Fields, In: Shroder, J.F., Editor-in-Chief, Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 219-245.

Lancaster, N., 2013. 13.9 Climate Change and Aeolian Processes, In: Shroder, J.F., Editor-in-Chief, Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 132-151.

Lancaster, N., Baas, A.C.W., Sherman, D.J., 2013. 11.1 Aeolian Geomorphology: Introduction, In: Shroder, J.F., Editor-in-Chief, Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, pp. 1-6.

Henschel, J.R., Lancaster, N., 2013, Gobabeb - 50 years of Namib Desert research, Journal of Arid Environments, 93, 1-6.

Gillies, J.A. and Lancaster, N., 2013, Large roughness element effects on sand transport, Oceano Dunes, California, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38, 785-792, doi:10.1002/esp.3317

Besler, H., Lancaster, N., Bristow, C., Henschel, J., Livingstone, I., Seely, M., White, K., 2013, Helga’s dune, 40 years of dune dynamics in the Namib Desert, Geografiska Annaler, Series A,  95, 361-368. doi:10.1111/geoa.12013

2012

Lancaster, N. and Mahan, S.A. 2012, Holocene dune formation at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Area, Nevada, Quaternary Research, 78, 266-274, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2012.05.012

Lancaster, N., 2012, Controls on aeolian construction in the Mojave Desert - distinguishing the effects of sediment supply, availability, and mobility. Quaternary International, 279‚280, 264.

Lancaster, N., 2012, Understanding dune system responses to Quaternary climate change using a global digital chronologic and spatial database. Quaternary International, 279‚280, 264.

 

2011

Scheidt, S., Lancaster, N., Ramsey, M., 2011, Eolian dynamics and sediment mixing in the Gran Desierto, Mexico determined from thermal infrared spectroscopy and remote sensing data, Geological Society of America Bulletin,123; 1628–1644; doi: 10.1130/B30338.1.

Glennie, K.W., Fryberger, S.G., Hern, C., Lancaster, N., Teller, J.T., Pandey, V.P., Singhvi, A.K., 2011, Geological Importance of Luminescence Dates in Oman and the Emirates: An Overview, Geochronometrica, 38(3), 259-271; doi: 10.2478/s13386-011-0037-2.

Sgambati, M.R., Koepnick, S, Coming, D.S., Lancaster, N, Harris, F.C. Jr., 2011, Immersive Visualization and Interactive Analysis of Ground Penetrating Radar Data, Advances in Visual Computing - 7th International Symposium, ISVC 2011, Las Vegas, NV, USA, September 26-28, 2011. Proceedings, Part II

Lancaster, N., 2011, Kalahari Desert, in Allin, C.W. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Salem Press, 725-726.

Lancaster, N., 2011, Dune Dynamics and Morphology, in Thomas, A.S.G. (editor), Arid Zone Geomorphology, Wiley-Blackwell, 487-516.

 

2010

Fenton, L.K., Bishop, M.A., Bourke, M.C., Bristow, C.S., Hayward, R.K., Horgan, B.H., Lancaster, N., Michaels, T.I., Tirsch, D., Titus, T.N., Valdez, A., 2010. Summary of the Second International Planetary Dunes Workshop: Planetary Analogs -- Integrating Models, Remote Sensing, and Field Data, Alamosa, Colorado, USA, May 18-21, 2010. Aeolian Research, 2(2-3), 173-178.

Lancaster, N., Nickling, W.G., Gillies, J.A., 2010, Sand transport by wind on complex surfaces: field studies in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, 115, F03027, doi:10.1029/2009JF001408.

Bourke, M.C, Lancaster, N., Fenton, L.K, Parteli, E. J. R., Zimbelman, J. R., Radebaugh, J, 2010. Extraterrestrial dunes: An introduction to the special issue on planetary dune systems. Geomorphology, 121(1-2): 1-14.

Gillies, J.A., Nickling, W.G., King, J., Lancaster, N., 2010, Modeling Aeolian Sediment Transport Thresholds on Physically Rough Martian Surfaces: A Shear Stress Partitioning Approach, Geomorphology, 121,15-21.doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.02.016.

Scheidt, S., Ramsey, M., Lancaster, N., 2010, Determining soil moisture and sediment availabilityat White Sands Dune Field, NM from apparent thermal inertia data, Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, 115, F02019, doi:10.1029/2009JF001378.

 

2009

Lancaster, N., 2009, Deserts, in Dutch, S.I., Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Salem Press, 307-309.

Lancaster, N., 2009, Dust Storms, in Dutch, S.I., Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Salem Press, 325-326.

Lancaster, N., 2009, Sahara Desert, in Dutch, S.I., Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Salem Press, 896-897.

Lancaster, N., 2009, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in Dutch, S.I., Encyclopedia of Global Warming, Salem Press, 1029-1030.

Lancaster, N., 2009, Aeolian features and processes, in Young, R.S., and Norby, L., Geological Monitoring, Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America, 1–26, doi: 10.1130/2009.monitoring(01).

Lancaster, N., 2009, Deserts, In: Spencer, T.S., Slaymaker, O., Embleton-Hamann, C., Geomorphology and Global Environmental Change, Cambridge University Press, 276-296.

Lancaster, N., 2009, INQUA Project 0704: Sand seas and dune fields of the world: a digital Quaternary atlas, Quaternary Perspectives, 17(1), 5.

Lancaster, N., 2009, Dune morphology and dynamics, In: Parsons, A.J. and Abrahams, A.D (eds.) Geomorphology of Desert Environments, 2nd edition, 557-595.

Katra, I. Scheidt, S., Lancaster, N., 2009, Changes in eolian active sand in the northern Coachella Valley, California, Geomorphology, 105, 3-4, 277-290.

 

2008

Titus, T.N., Lancaster, N., Fenton, L, Bourke, M., 2008, Priorities for Future Research on Planetary Dunes, Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 89, 45, 447-448.

Lancaster, N., 2008, Dune Dynamics and Structure, in Seely, M. and Pallett, J., Namib - Secrets of a Desert Uncovered, Venture Publications, 113-114.

Lancaster, N., 2008, Desert dune dynamics and development: insights from luminescence dating, Boreas, 37, 559–573. 10.1111/j.1502-3885.2008.00055.

Lancaster, N., 2008, Review of Felger and Broyles, Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert, Journal of Anthropological Research, 64, 280-282.

Lancaster, N., 2008, Conservation Special Report: Desert Sand Dunes, 2009 Science Year, World Book Encyclopedia, 40-53.

Lancaster, N., and Marticorena, B., 2008, Introduction to Special Section on Aeolian Processes: Field Observations and Modeling, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F02S00, doi:10.1029/2008JF001056.

Breton, C., Lancaster, N., Nickling, W.G, 2008, Magnitude and frequency of grain flows on a desert sand dune, Geomorphology, 95, 518-523.

Katra, I. and Lancaster, N., 2008, Surface-sediment dynamics in a dust source from spaceborne multispectral thermal infrared data, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2008.03.016.

Scheidt, S., Ramsey, M., Lancaster, N., 2008, Radiometric normalization and image mosaic generation of ASTER thermal infrared data: An application to extensive sand sheets and dune fields, Remote Sensing of Environment, 112, 920-933, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2007.06.020.

2007

Bristow, C.S., Duller, G.A.T., Lancaster, N., 2007, Age and dynamics of linear dunes in the Namib Desert, Geology, 35, 6,555-558.

Lancaster, N., 2007, Low latitude dune fields, in Elias, S.A. (editor), Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Elsevier, 626-642.

2006

Lancaster, N., Gillies, J.A., Nickling, W.G., 2006, Recent progress in aeolian research, EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, 87, 45, 496-497.

Lancaster, N., 2006, XVI INQUA Congress, Reno, Nevada, USA, July 23–30, 2003, Official Compte Rendu, Quaternary International, 145–146, 145–154.

Lancaster, N., 2006, Perspectives, Planetary Science, Linear Dunes on Titan, Science, 702-703.

Beveridge, C., Kocurek, G., Ewing, R., Lancaster, N., Morthekal, P., Singhvi, A.K., Mahan, S.A., 2006, Development of spatially diverse and complex dune-field patterns: Gran Desierto Dune Field, Sonora, Mexico, Sedimentology,53, 6,1391-1409.

2005

Lancaster, N., 2005, Aeolian erosion, transport and deposition, in Selley, R.C., Robin, L., Cocks, M., and Plimer, I.R, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Geology, Elsevier, Oxford, Vol. 4, p. 612-627.

Bristow, C.S., Lancaster, N., Duller, G.A.T., 2005, Combining ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys and optical dating to determine dune migration in Namibia, Journal of the Geological Society, London, 162, (2) 315-322.

2004

Lancaster, N., 2004, XVI INQUA Congress: Conference Report, Episodes, 27, 53-54.

Lancaster, N., 2004, Relations between aerodynamic and surface roughness in a hyperarid cold desert: McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 29, 853-867.

Bristow, C.S. and Lancaster, N., 2004, Movement of a small slipfaceless dome dune in Namibia. Geomorphology, 59,1-4, 189-196.

Loope, D.B., Steiner, M.B., Rowe, C.M., Lancaster, N., 2004, Tropical westerlies over Pangean sand seas, Sedimentology,  51, 315-322.

Burr, D.M., Carling, P.A., Beyer, R.A., Lancaster, N., 2004, Flood-formed dunes in Athabasca Valles, Mars: morphology, modeling, and implications, Icarus, 171, 68-83.

2003

Lancaster, N., 2003, Eolian Dunes, In, Middleton G, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Kluwer,

Lancaster, N., 2003, Draa, In, Goudie, A.S. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, Routledge.

Lancaster, N., 2003, Dunes – aeolian, in, Goudie, A.S. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, Routledge.

Lancaster, N. and Tchakerian, V.P., 2003, Late Quaternary aeolian dynamics in the Mojave Desert, in Enzel, Y, Wells, S.G., and Lancaster, N (eds.), Paleoenvironments and Paleohydrology of the Mojave and Southern Great Basin Deserts, Geological Society of America Special Paper 368, 231-249.

Enzel, Y, Wells, S.G., and Lancaster, N., 2003, Late Pleistocene lakes along the Mojave River, in Enzel, Y, Wells, S.G., and Lancaster, N (eds.), Paleoenvironments and Paleohydrology of the Mojave and Southern Great Basin Deserts, Geological Society of America Special Paper, 368, 61-78.

Busacca, A.J., Begét, J.E., Muhs, D.R, Lancaster, N., Sweeney, M.R., 2003, Eolian Sediments, In:  Gillespie, A.R., Porter, S.C., Atwater, B.F., (eds.), The Quaternary Period in the United States, Elsevier, 275-309.

2002

Lancaster, N., 2002, How dry was dry ? Late Quaternary environments in the Namib Desert, Quaternary Science Reviews, 21, 769-782.

Lancaster, N., 2002, Flux of aeolian sediment in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica: a preliminary assessment, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 34, (3), 318-323.

Lancaster, N., Nickling, W. G., and McKenna Neuman, C. K., 2002, Particle size and sorting characteristics of sand in transport over a small dune, Geomorphology, 43, 233-242.

Nickling, W. G., McKenna Neuman, C. K., and Lancaster, N., 2002, Grainfall processes in the lee of transverse dunes, Silver Peak, Nevada, Sedimentology, 49, 191-210.

Tchakerian, V.P. and Lancaster, N., 2002, Late Quaternary arid/humid cycles in the Mojave Desert and western Great Basin of north America, Quaternary Science Reviews, 21, 799-810.

Lancaster, N., Kocurek, G., Singhvi, A.K., Pandey, V., Deynoux, M., Ghienne, J-P., Lo, K., 2002, Late Pleistocene and Holocene dune activity and wind regimes in the western Sahara of Mauritania, Geology, 30 (11), 991-994.

Glennie, K.W., Singhvi, A.K., Lancaster, N., Teller, J.T., 2002, Quaternary climatic changes over southern Arabia and the Thar Desert, India. In: Clift, P.D., D. Kroon, C. Gaedicke, J. Craig (Eds.), The Tectonic and Climatic Evolution of the Arabian Sea Region. The Geological Society London, London, Special Publication 195, 301-316.

 

2001

Sloan, J., Miller, J.R., Lancaster, N., 2001, Response and recovery of the Eel River, California and its tributaries to floods in 1955, 1964, and 1997, Geomorphology, 36, 129-154

2000

Lancaster, N. and Helm, P., 2000, A test of a climatic index of dune mobility using measurements from the southwestern United States, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 25, 197-207.

Lancaster, N., 2000, Eolian deposits, In:  Partridge, T.C., Maud, R.R.,  (eds.), The Cenozoic of Southern Africa., Oxford University Press, 73-87.

McKenna Neuman, C., Lancaster, N, and Nickling, W.G., 2000, The effect of unsteady winds on sediment transport on the stoss slope of a transverse dune, Silver Peak, NV, USA, Sedimentology, 47, 211-226.

Bristow, C.S., Bailey, S.D., and Lancaster, N., 2000, Sedimentary structure of linear sand dunes, Nature 406, 56-59.

Gillies, J.A., Lancaster, N., Nickling, W.G. and Crawley, D., 2000,  Field determination of drag forces and shear stress partitioning effects for a desert shrub (Sarcobatus vermiculatus, Greasewood), Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, 105 (D20), 24871-24880.

Teller, J.T., Glennie, K.W., Lancaster, N., and Singhvi, A.K., 2000, Calcareous dunes of the United Arab Emirates.  Quaternary International, 68-71, 297-308.

Reynolds, R., Reheis, M., Hinkley, T., Tigges, R., Clow, G., Lamothe, P., Yount, J., Meeker, G,  Chavez, P., Jr., MacKinnon, D., Velasco, M., Sides, S., Soltesz, D., Lancaster, .N., Miller, M., Fulton, R., Belnap, J., 2000, Dust emission and deposition in the Southwestern United States; integrated field, remote sensing, and modeling studies to evaluate response to climatic variability and land use, in: Alshahan, A.S., Wood, W.W., Goudie, A.S., Fowler, A., and Abdellatif, E.M. (eds.) Toward better management of arid and semi-arid lands in the twenty-first century, A.A. Balkema Publishers, 271-282.

1999

Lancaster, N., Schaber, G.G., Teller, J.T., 1999, Orbital radar studies of paleodrainages in the central Namib Desert, Remote Sensing of Environment, 71, 216-225.

Kocurek, G., Lancaster, N., Carr, M. and Frank, A., 1999, Tsondab Sandstone - preliminary bedform reconstruction and comparison to modern Namib Sand Sea dunes. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 29, 629-642.

Lancaster, N., 1999, Dating eolian features by correlations with global climatic changes, in: Noller, J. S, Sowers, J.M., and Lettis, W. R., (eds.) Quaternary geochronology: Methods and Applications, American Geophysical Union, 465-469.

Lancaster, N., 1999, Geomorphology of Desert Sand Seas,  In: Goudie, A.S., Livingstone, I., Stokes, S. (eds.), Aeolian Environments, Sediments, and Landforms, Wiley, 49 – 70.

Kocurek, G. and Lancaster, N., 1999,Aeolian system sediment state: theory and Mojave Desert Kelso Dunefield example, Sedimentology, 46, 505-516.

Swezey, C., Lancaster, N., Kocurek, G. Deynoux, M., Blum, M., Price, D., and Pion, J.-C. , 1999, Response of aeolian systems to Holocene climatic and hydrologic changes on the northern margin of the Sahara: a high resolution record from the Chott Rharsa basin, Tunisia, The Holocene, 9, 141-148.

Ramsey, M.S., Christensen, P.R. Lancaster, N., and Howard, D.A., 1999, Identification of sand sources and transport pathways at the Kelso Dunes, California using thermal infrared remote sensing, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 111, 646-662.

1998

Lancaster, N., 1998, Arid Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, 22, 551-557.

Lancaster, N. and Baas, A., 1998, Influence of vegetation on sand transport by wind: field studies at Owens Lake, California.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 23, 69-82.

Lancaster, N., 1998, Dune morphology, chronology, and Quaternary climatic change, in Alsharan, A.S., Glennie, K.W., Whittle, G.L., Kendall, C.G. St. (editors), Quaternary Deserts and Climatic Change, A.A. Balkema , Rotterdam/Brookfield, 339-350.

Lancaster, N., 1998, Understanding the dynamics of aeolian sand transport systems - an overview of recent progress, In : Omar, S.A.S., Misak, R., Al-Ajmi, D., Al-Awadhi, N. Sustainable Development in Arid Zones, A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam/Brookfield, 111-126.

Blum, M.,  Kocurek, G., Deynoux, M., Swezey, C., Lancaster, N.,  Price, D.M.,  Pion, J-C, 1998, Quaternary wadi, lacustrine, aeolian depositional cycles and sequences, Chott Rharsa basin, southern Tunisia, , in  Alsharan, A.S., Glennie, K.W., Whittle, G.L., Kendall, C.G. St. (editors), Quaternary Deserts and Climatic Change, A.A. Balkema , Rotterdam/Brookfield, 539-552.

 

1997

Lancaster, N., 1997, Response of eolian geomorphic systems to minor climatic change: examples from the southern California deserts, Geomorphology, 19, 333-349.

Lancaster, N., 1997, Arid Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, 21, 285-290.

Greeley, R., Blumberg, D.G., McHone, J.F., Dobrovolskis, A., Iversen, J.D., Lancaster, N.,  Rasmussen, K.R.,  Wall, S.D., and White, B.R., 1997, Applications of spaceborne radar laboratory data to the study of aeolian processes, Journal of Geophysical Research, 102, E5, 10971-10983.

 

1996

Lancaster, N., 1996, Arid Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, 20, 97-103.

Lancaster, N., 1996, Response of aeolian processes to global climate change, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 21, 587-588.

Lancaster, N., 1996, Field Studies of Sand Patch Initiation Processes on the Northern Margin of the Namib Sand Sea.  Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 21, 947-954.

Lancaster, N., 1996, The role of field experiments in studies of dune dynamics and morphology, Annals of the Arid Zone, 35, 3, 171-186.

Lancaster, N., Nickling, W. G., McKenna Neuman, C. K. and Wyatt, V. E., 1996, Sediment flux and airflow on the stoss slope of a barchan dune, Geomorphology, 17, 55-62.

Lancaster, N. and Tchakerian, V.P., 1996, Geomorphology and sediments of sand ramps in the Mojave Desert,  Geomorphology, 17, 151-166.

Lancaster, N., 1996, Geologic Work of the Wind. In: Dasch, J.E. (ed.), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences, Macmillan Publishing, New York, 380- 84.

Lancaster, N., 1996, Geoindicators from desert landforms,  In:  Berger, A.R. and Iams, W.J. (eds.) Geoindicators - assessing rapid environmental change in earth systems.  Balkema, Rotterdam, 265-282.

Lancaster, N., 1996, Desert Environments, In: Adams, W.M., Goudie, A.S., Orme, A.J. (eds.) The Physical Geography of Africa, Oxford University Press, 211-237.

Bach, A.J., Brazel, A.J., Lancaster, N., 1996, Temporal and spatial aspects of blowing dust in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of southern California, 1973-1994, Physical Geography, 17, 329-353.

Clarke, M. I., Lancaster, N. and Wintle, A. G., 1996, Infra-red stimulated luminescence dating of sands from the Cronese Basins, Mojave Desert: Geomorphology, 17, 199-206.

1995

Lancaster, N., 1995, Kelso Dunes, In: Reynolds, R.E. and Reynolds, J. (eds.), Ancient Surfaces of the Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County Museum Association Quarterly, 42, 47-52.

Lancaster, N., 1995, Origins of the Gran Desierto Sand Sea: Sonora, Mexico: evidence from dune morphology and sedimentology, In: Tchakerian, V.P. (ed.) Desert Aeolian Processes, Chapman and Hall, New York, 11-36.

Greeley, R., Blumberg, D., Dobrovolskis, A., Gaddis, L.,  Iversen, J.D., Lancaster, N.,  Rasmussen, K.R.,  Saunders, R.S.,  Wall, S., and White, B.R., 1995, Potential transport of windblown sand: influence of surface roughness and assessment with radar data, In: Tchakerian, V.P. (ed.) Desert Aeolian Processes, Chapman and Hall, New York, 75-100.

Baker, V.R., Bowler, J.M., Enzel, Y., Lancaster, N.,  1995, Late Quaternary palaeohydrology of arid and semi-arid regions, In:  Gregory, K.J., Starkel, L., and Baker, V.R. (eds.), Global Continental Paleohydrology, Wiley, Chichester, 203-232.

1994

Lancaster, N., 1994, Arid Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, 18, 97-102.

Lancaster, N., 1994, Controls on dune activity: some new perspectives from the Kelso Dunes, Mojave Desert, California, Journal of Arid Environments, 27, 113-124.

Lancaster, N., 1994, Dune morphology and dynamics,  In: Abrahams, A.D. and Parsons, A.J. (ed.) Geomorphology of Desert Environments, Chapman and Hall, 474-505.

Lancaster, N. and Nickling, W.G., 1994,  Aeolian Sediment Transport,  In: Abrahams, A.D. and Parsons, A.J. (ed.) Geomorphology of Desert Environments, Chapman and Hall, 447-473.

Lancaster, N. and Goudie, A.S., 1994, Desert Landforms, In: Seely, M.K. (ed.), Deserts. Weldon Owen Publishing, Sydney, San Francisco, London, 26-39.

Wells, S.G., Tinsley, J.C., McFadden, L.D., and Lancaster, N., 1994, Quaternary Stratigraphy and Dating Methods: understanding geologic processes and landscape evolution in southern California, In: McGill, S.F. and Ross, T.M. (eds.), Geological Investigations of an Active Margin, Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section Guidebook, 120-213.

1993

Lancaster, N., 1993, Development of Kelso Dunes, Mojave Desert, California, National Geographic Research and Exploration, 9, 444-459.

Lancaster, N., 1993, Origins and sedimentary features of super bounding surfaces in the northwestern part of the Gran Desierto sand sea.  In: Pye, K. and Lancaster, N. (eds.) Aeolian sediments: ancient and modern.  International Association of Sedimentologists, Special Publication 16, 71-86.

1992

Lancaster, N., 1992,  Relationships between dune generations in the Gran Desierto, Mexico. Sedimentology, 39, 631-634.

Lancaster, N., 1992,  Arid Geomorphology, Progress in Physical Geography, 16, 489-495.

Greeley, R., Lancaster, N., Lee, S. and Thomas, P., 1992,  Martian aeolian processes, sediments and features. In: Kieffer, H., Jakosky, B.M., Snyder, C.W., and Matthews, M.S.  (eds.) Mars, University of Arizona Press, 730-767.

1991

Paisley, E.C.I., Lancaster, N., Gaddis, L., Greeley, R., 1991, Discrimination of active and inactive sands by remote sensing: Kelso Dunes, Mojave Desert, California, Remote Sensing of Environment, 37, 153-166.

Lancaster, N., Rasmussen, K.R., and Greeley, R., 1991, Interactions between unvegetated desert surfaces and the atmospheric boundary layer: a preliminary assessment.  Acta Mechanica, Supplement 2, 89-102.

Greeley, R., Dobrovolskis, A., Gaddis, L.,  Iversen, J.D., Lancaster, N., Rasmussen, K.R.,  Saunders, R.S., VanZyl, J., Wall, S., White, B.R. and Zebker, H.,  1991, Assessment of aerodynamic roughness via airborne radar observations. Acta Mechanica, Supplement 2, 77-88.

 

1990

Lancaster, N., 1990, Palaeoclimatic evidence from sand seas. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 76, 279-290.

Lancaster, N., 1990,  Regional aeolian dynamics in the Namib.  In:  Seely. M.K. (editor)  Namib Ecology, 25 years of Namib Research.   Transvaal Museum Monograph, 7, 39-46.

Davis, O.K., Cutler, A.H., Meldahl, K., Palacios-Fest, M.R., Schreiber, J., Locke, B.W., Williams, L., Lancaster, N., Shaw, C., Sinitiere, S., 1990, Quaternary and Environmental Geology of the Northeastern Gulf of California.  In: Gehrels, G.E. and Spencer, J.E. (editors) Geologic Excursions through the Sonoran Desert Region, Arizona and Sonora.  Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, 86th Annual Meeting Guidebook, Arizona Geological Survey Special Paper 7, 136-154.

1989

Lancaster, N., 1989, 

Publications

2013

Gillies, J. A., Lancaster, N., 2013: Large roughness element effects on sand transport, Oceano Dunes, California, Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, 38, (8), 785-792, Published

2012

Lancaster, N., 2012: Controls on aeolian construction in the Mojave Desert - distinguishing the effects of sediment supply, availability, and mobility, 264, 279-280, Quaternary International, Published
Lancaster, N., 2012: Understanding dune system responses to Quaternary climate change using a global digital chronologic and spatial database, 264, 279-280, Quaternary International, Published

2011

Bristow, C. S., Lancaster, N., 2011: Movement of a small slipfaceless dune in Namibia, Geomorphology, Accepted
Bristow, C. S., Lancaster, N., 2011: Movement of a small slipfaceless dune in Namibia, Geomorphology, Accepted

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