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

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