Jon French is professor at University College London (UCL). He was formerly Head of UCL Department of Geography and continues to direct the UCL Coastal and Estuarine Research Unit. His research interests lie in the areas of coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics and geomorphology; environmental system modelling; climate change adaptation; and physical processes in lakes. He received the British Society for Geomorphology ‘Wiley Award’ in 1994; the ‘Gordon Warrick Award’, for excellence in coastal geomorphology research, in 1995; and the 2009 Pritchard Prize in Physical Oceanography from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (USA). His recent work has included projects on the resilience of estuarine ports against extreme storm surge events, development of a quantitative model for coastal system resilience to flood and erosion hazard, and simulation of estuary morphological responses to sea-level rise and flood defence management. He has extensive consultancy experience in areas including flood defence management; estuary hydrodynamic modelling; monitoring or coastal and estuarine change; dredging; and hazards to critical infrastructure at the coast.