Robert Deering

Office: SN 1022

Tel: (709) 864-6127

Email: rld453[at]mun[dot]ca


Dr. Trevor Bell (Department of Geography)
Dr. Don Forbes (Department of Geography & Geological Survey of Canada)

Thesis Title [Working]

Nature and triggers of submarine mass failure in coastal waters of southeastern Baffin Island, Nunavut

Research Description

My project involves developing a better understanding of submarine slope failures in the fjords of Baffin Island. These events have the destructive power to damage or destroy seabed infrastructure, as well as the potential to generate tsunami waves that can inundate coastal communities. Through seabed mapping we will better understand the setting in which these events have occurred, and develop a typology of events. By taking sediment cores we will gain knowledge about the seabed sediments and triggers of these events in the region. Greater knowledge of these events will allow for better informed hazard assessments, safer and more sustainable northern communities, and better practices for planning and design in the coastal regions of the Canadian Arctic.

Research Interests

  • Geohazards
  • Geomorphology
  • Relative Sea Level Change
  • Seabed Mapping