Dr. George Heritage

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building room 314 

Please email for an appointment.


Current positions

Director AquaUoS


George has worked with water for over 25 years since completing his PhD and has extensive experience linked to geomorphic and hydromorphic assessment, process based natural channel design and practical design implementation. He specialises in understanding the sediment transport system (coarse bedload and fine suspended load) and its links to channel form and response, developing predictive models of system behaviour that facilitate sustainable design and help to reduce project risk and maintenance levels by working with rather than against current processes and controls.

George has worked extensively on temperate, alpine, semi-arid and arid river systems in the UK, Europe, South East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Iceland and New Zealand. He has experience and understanding of many river types from bedrock-influenced channels through active gravel systems to anastomosing networks. His experience extends to a strong understanding of geo-ecology and he has been involved in a number of consultancy and academic led projects looking at the combined response of abiotic and biotic components of river systems extending beyond the wet channel to include floodplain and valley bottom linkages.

George is a Research Fellow at the University of Salford and maintains active links with a number of research institutes, he publishes regularly in academic journals and presents at international conferences. He is presently involved in a NERC funded study linked with the South African National Parks to investigate the impact of cyclone magnitude and frequency on semi-arid bedrock influenced rivers

Research Interests

  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Hydromorphology
  • Ecohydraulics
  • Aerial survey
  • Sediment transport

Qualifications and Memberships


  • BSc

  • PhD


  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)