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Dr. James King


An assistant professor at Université de Montréal, Dr. King is an early career geoscientist with a decade of experience organizing, designing, and performing field measurements of dust emissions in Canada, the USA, Mongolia, and southern Africa. His focus on measurements and modeling of aeolian dust emission processes has led to over 29 published peer-reviewed articles and technical reports. Since his hiring in 2015, he has acquired funding from NSERC Discovery and CFI Leaders funds ($600,000), in addition to acquiring a sediment-capable wind tunnel that will be installed in the new science pavilion at Université de Montréal in 2019. He has carried out recent field work to support global and regional model development as part of a £1.5 grant from NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) and Oxford University, and this work was performed in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s MetOffice to improve the dust module of their HadGEM3 model. Since 2015 he has been a network partner of the High Latitude and Cold Climate Dust Network funded through the Leverhulme Fund.


2018 Canadian Space Agency: Canadian CubeSat Project, Co-Investigator. $421,950

2018 FRQSC: Soutien aux équipes de recherche. Groupe de recherche sur dispersions d’hominines – Impact de la variabilité environnementale sur la dynamique des populations et l’évolution biologique et culturelle de la lignée humaine. Co-Investigator. $307881

2017 Canadian Foundation for Innovation: John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Characterization and the detection of mineral aerosols, Principal Investigator. $454,610

2016 National Science and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant. Mineral dust aerosols: Ecological and radiative impacts, Principal Investigator. $125,000

Selected Publications

Trans-Atlantic Connections between North African Dust Flux and Tree Growth in the Florida Keys, United States
Harley GL, J King, JT Maxwell
Earth Interactions 21(7), 1-22 (Aug 2017)

Climate–surface–pore‐water interactions on a salt crusted playa: implications for crust pattern and surface roughness development measured using terrestrial laser scanning
Nield JM, GF Wiggs, J King, RG Bryant, FD Eckardt, DS Thomas, R Washington
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(6), 738-753 (May 2016)

Testing the performance of state-of-the-art dust emission schemes using DO4Models field data
Haustein KR, R Washington, J King, G Wiggs, DSG Thomas, FD Eckardt, RG Bryant, L Menut
Geoscientific Model Development 8(2):341-362 (Feb 2015)
DOI: 10.5194/gmd-8-341-2015

Detecting surface moisture in aeolian environments using terrestrial laser scanning
Nield JM, J King, B Jacobs
Aeolian Research 12:9-17 (Mar 2014)

Estimating aerodynamic roughness over complex surface terrain
Nield JM, J King, GFS Wiggs, J Leyland, RG Bryant, RC Chiverrell, SE Darby, FD Eckardt, DSG Thomas, LH Vircavs, R Washington
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 118(23):12948-12961 (Dec 2013)
DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020632

Dust emission variability at the Salton Sea, California, USA
King J, V Etyemezian, M Sweeney, B Buck, G Nikolich
Aeolian Research 3(1):67-79 (June 2011)

Representation of vegetation and other non-erodible elements in aeolian shear stress partitioning models for predicting transport threshold
King J, WG Nickling, JA Gillies
Journal of Geophysical Research 110(F4) (Dec 2005)
DOI: 10.1029/2004JF000281


Dr. James King

Assistant Professor in Geomorphology
Wind Erosion Lab
Department of Geography
University of Montreal 

Pavillon 520, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
bur. 225 Montréal, QC, H2V 2B8

Email: js.king@umontreal.ca
Tel: 1(514)343-6111 Ext. 29923
WebLaboratoire d’Érosion Éolienne

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