Friday, May 22, 2015

Streaming talks from the Modelling Mixed-Sediment River Morphodynamics Workshop, 27-29 May

Talks will be streamed from the Workshop on Modelling Mixed-Sediment River Morphodynamics, 27-29 May 2015 in Delft.

See the schedule of talks.
(times listed are Central European Summer Time, or Eastern Daylight Time +6)

Links to join the talks are listed below. When there is a talk streaming, the link will allow you to join by entering your name and email.

Topic: Mixed Sediment Modelling Workshop / SEN Day 1 
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
1. Go to
2. If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647

Topic: Mixed Sediment Modelling Workshop / SEN Day 2 
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
1. Go to
2. If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647

Topic: Mixed Sediment Modelling / SEN Day 3 
Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
1. Go to
2. If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Binghamton Symposium on Experimental Geomorphology, Buffalo NY Sept 2015

The 46th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium on Laboratory Experiments in Geomorphology will be held at the University at Buffalo, NY, Friday Sept 18 – Sunday September 20, 2015.

Numerous transformative ideas and concepts have emerged from experimental geomorphology which now plays a central role within geomorphic research. This symposium will bring together leading experts and emerging scientists actively engaged in laboratory-based experimental research of geomorphic systems to highlight and discuss the past and future contributions of laboratory experiments. Themes include granular flows; hillslope, fluvial, aeolian, coastal, marine, glacial, landscape, planetary, biophysical and ecogeomorphic processes; as well as data management and facility development.

The Symposium has three main features:
  • Keynote and invited talks by leading researchers covering the conference themes. Papers based on these invited talks are in press in a special issue of the journal Geomorphology.
  • tours of laboratory facilities on the University at Buffalo campus
  • an open poster session throughout the weekend with ample free time for discussion
Speakers include: Gerard Govers (UK Leuven),Chris Paola (Minnesota), Lucy E. Clarke (Gloucestershire), Joanna C. Curran (NW Hydraul. Consultants), Sarah Delavan/Joseph Atkinson (Buffalo), David J. Furbish (Vanderbilt), Alison Graettinger (Buffalo), Fabien Graveleau (Lille), Leslie Hsu (Lamont-Doherty), Neal R. Iverson (Iowa St.), Richard M. Iverson (USGS), Maarten G. Kleinhans (Utrecht), Michael P. Lamb (CalTech), Heidi Nepf (MIT), Luke Pangle (Arizona), Jeff Peakall (Leeds), Keld R. Rasmussen (Aarhus), Elowyn M. Yager (Idaho).

We invite all those engaged in any aspect of experimental geomorphology, and especially graduate students, to present their research facilities, projects and results in the poster session, and to join in lively discussions around the theme of experimental geomorphology.

Details of the BGS46 Symposium can be found on the website:

Also, feel free to contact one of us for further information

Sean Bennett
Cheryl McKenna Neuman
Peter Ashmore

Monday, April 6, 2015

SEN Spring 2015 Newsletter - Experiments around SEN and Opportunities & Events

  • Recent SEN Activities
  • Resources in the SEN Knowledge Base
  • Opportunities and Events

Recent SEN Activities

Live broadcasts and 3-D models from experiments at the University of Wyoming

Over the past couple months, the team at University of Wyoming has been live-broadcasting and archiving videos of their rigid-lid delta experiments. These experiments can be watched in real time, or watched after the fact at the SedimentExp YouTube channel. There's also a 3D model of a resulting delta posted by Robert Mahon on SketchFab, which you can manipulate in your browser.

See links to more information on how to live broadcast and create 3D models in this newsletter!

Sharing papers and experiments

We've been posting links to papers and experiment photos as we learn about them. You can view a feed of shared papers and experiments at (You don't need to be a Twitter user to view the feed.) We need your help to share more, you can always tweet @SedimentExp or email

Resources in the SEN Knowledge base

Method: Live broadcast using Google Account and YouTube
Wondering how to live broadcast an experiment? Read the write up in the SEN Knowledge base.

Method: Workflow for 3D topography using structure-from-motion in Agisoft

The workflow describes a method for producing 3D image-overlain digital elevation models from photographic imagery using Agisoft PhotoScan Professional.

Data: Onset of Sediment Motion - Nature Communications Paper 2014
See an example of a data catalog entry in the SEN Knowledge base, linked to the dataset published in figshare, and to the original paper.

We are always looking for more content in the SEN Knowledge Base, which holds data, set-up, method, and equipment information, for more information see or ask

Opportunities & Events:

NCED summer institute
July 27 to August 5, 2015 at Tulane University

The National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics runs the Summer Institute on Earth-surface Dynamics (SIESD), designed to engage young scientists in a focused topic in Earth-surface dynamics. Drawing on NCED’s approach of integrating theory, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and fieldwork, this two-week institute combines lectures with practical experiences in the laboratory and the field.

This year's theme maintains our current focus on linking surface processes and subsurface records, but with a new flavor: it is field-centric and will be hosted at Tulane University to take advantage of the unique and fascinating Mississippi River Delta.

Applications due May 15th,
Questions can be sent to Anjali Fernandes at

Mixed sediment modelling workshop
27-28-29 May 2015, Delft - The Netherlands

In the workshop we will discuss topics that deal with modelling mixed-sediment fluvial processes, covering a wide range of scales. In setting up the workshop program we have focused on enhancing discussion. To this end we have scheduled a limited number of presentations and plenty time for discussion and poster sessions. We will conduct a/some joint laboratory experiment(s) that will be led by graduate students and postdocs. The focus of the laboratory experiment(s) will be discussed before the workshop. Graduate students and whoever is interested will work with the data and we will discuss the experimental results on the last day of the workshop.

Please send your questions to Astrid Blom or Enrica Viparelli.

EarthCube Early Career Travel Grants

To help promote and disseminate EarthCube activities, and to cultivate the next generation of EarthCube participants, the EarthCube Engagement Team has established Early Career travel grants to provide funds for participation at meetings, workshops or conferences (e.g. professional meetings of AGU, GSA, Ocean Sciences, ESIP, etc.) where EarthCube-related work is to be presented or discussed.

If you are an early career researcher who has participated in SEN activities, or are planning to participate in more SEN activities,  let us know if you have any questions about this travel grant at

2015 Summer Institute on Earth-surface Dynamics accepting applications

SIESD 2015: Summer in the Swamp: Self-organization in landscapes and its residue in the stratigraphic record

Dates: July 27-August 5th, 2015
Location: Tulane University

2015 Application (deadline May 15th, 2015, first-come, first-served)

This year's theme maintains our current focus on linking surface processes and subsurface records, but with a new flavor: it is field-centric and will be hosted at Tulane University to take advantage of the unique and fascinating Mississippi River Delta. The aims for 2015 are to develop a basic working knowledge of analysis tools that can help us make sense of complex surface systems and their depositional records, and begin to make predictions in both realms. We will focus on building connections: between surface and subsurface, between field and laboratory, and among physical biological and geochecmial processes. SIESD will combine classical methods of process analysis, measurement and predication with methods related to emerging ideas in areas such as reduced complexity, modeling, network analysis, pattern formation, and geostatistics. Students will participate in taught class-room sessions, hands-on work with computational tools, field work, and physical experiments that the course participants will help design and run.

Participant costs (enrollment, accommodations, breakfast and lunch on teaching days, and a few dinners) are supported by NCED2. However, applicants are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from New Orleans, Louisana, for meals not specified above, and all other incidental expenses.

If you have questions, please email Anjali Fernandes at

2015 Application (deadline May 15th, 2015, first-come, first-served)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Early Career Travel Grants available from EarthCube!

The EarthCube Engagement Team is excited announce that it is now accepting applications for its Early Career Travel Grant program, which aims to provide funds to early career researchers in the geosciences for participation at meetings, workshops and conferences where EarthCube-related work is to be presented or discussed (e.g. professional meetings of AGU, GSA, ESIP, etc.).

Early career researchers (within five years of having attained a Ph.D, including “All But Dissertation” Ph.D candidates) from all academic institutions, including Universities and Colleges, their departments or science clubs/organizations, as well as State Geological Surveys or other government entities, are invited to apply.

For full details on this opportunity, please visit the EarthCube website announcement:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

EarthCube's Strategic Science Plan - open for comment

The EarthCube Science Committee has drafted a Strategic Science Plan (SSP). Over the next few months the SSP will be refined prior to being discussed at the All Hands Meeting and eventually forwarded to the NSF.

The first stages in the SSP’s development involved reviewing what has been accomplished and how that might mesh with the challenges faced by the geosciences as a whole (SSP Sections 2-4).  The Science Committee is currently soliciting comments and feedback on these sections and as part of this process the Science Committee asks one thing of you:

Read the Strategic Science Plan and submit comments to either Emma <> or Basil Gomez <> before 27 February, 2015.

Download a copy of the Strategic Science Plan.

Recap of how you can help:
  1. Download and read the SSP
  2. Are your science goals adequately covered? Submit comments to Emma <> or Basil Gomez <> before 27 February, 2015.

An Overview Presentation on SEN

Last week, SEN gave a presentation at the EarthCube C4P (Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience) Webinar Series. The webinar series this spring focuses on "Synthesizing Cyberinfrastructure Efforts of C4P and the EarthCube Community." Throughout the spring, there will be talks from different EarthCube projects and C4P-related cyberinfrastructure efforts.

Here's our talk, given by Leslie Hsu of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory but made possible by all of the members of SEN. (Quick summary: 1. motivation, 2. overview of activities, 3. collaborations with other EarthCube projects GeoSoft, CINERGI, and Geosemantic Framework for Integrating Long-Tail Data and Models.)