Inaugural Lecture of Professor Alistair Borthwick, Chair of Applied Hydrodynamics

Location: 

Swann Lecture Theatre, Michael Swann Building, The King's Buildings

Date: 

Friday, March 17, 2017 -
17:30 to 18:30

The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Alistair Borthwick, Chair of Applied Hydrodynamics will be held at 5.30pm on Friday, 17th March 2017 in the Swann Lecture Theatre, Swann Building, The King’s Buildings.

The Lecture is open to the public, and all staff, students and guests are welcome to attend the Lecture. Please confirm attendance by email to: louise.farquharson@ed.ac.uk

Water and Sediment: A Cascade across Scales

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) 

Photograph: Michel Lefebvre 1997

Event Contact Name: 

Louise Farquharson

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