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 https://twitter.com/SedimentExp. (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 sedimentexp@gmail.com.

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 sedexp.net or ask sedimentexp@gmail.com.

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, http://www.nced.umn.edu/siesd-2015-application
Questions can be sent to Anjali Fernandes at anjalifernandes@gmail.com.

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 sedimentexp@gmail.com.

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 anjalifernandes@gmail.com.

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