University of Bath

Water and Sediment: A Cascade across Scales

This talk, by Professor Alistair Borthwick, will examine water-sediment processes over multiple space and time scales, ranging from the molecule to the ocean.

19 Apr 20181.15pm
to
19 Apr 20182.05pm
Free

Water and sediment work together to move material, sculpt landscapes, and contribute to the carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen cycles. This lecture will examine water-sediment processes over multiple space and time scales, ranging from the molecule to the ocean. We will see some of the beautiful, fractal forms created by Nature through such processes. The lecture will also consider mankind’s interference with water-sediment processes, in particular the effect of hydropower dam cascades on large rivers. In the words of the great poet ...

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand 
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
    And Eternity in an hour

Auguries of Innocence, William Blake (1757-1827)