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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 2018, 1.15pm to 19 Apr 2018, 2.05pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Chancellors' Building, 3.6, University of Bath
  • This event is 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)

Speaker profiles

Alistair Borthwick has almost 40 years’ engineering experience. He is Professor of Applied Hydrodynamics at The University of Edinburgh, an Emeritus Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and holds Adjunct Professorships at Peking University, NUI Galway and University College Cork. He was previously Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where he worked for 21 years from 1990-2011. He was Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork from 2011-13, where he was the Founding Director of the SFI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland. Prof. Borthwick’s research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, river basin management, coastal and offshore processes, water and wastewater treatment, and marine renewable energy. He was awarded the title of Dr honoris causa by Budapest Műegyetem for contributions to Civil Engineering in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible and hearing loop available.

Location


Chancellors' Building, 3.6 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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