Earth Surface Processes Groups of the Schools of Earth and Space Exploration and Geography and Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University

Kelin Whipple Arjun Heimsath Ramón Arrowsmith Mark Schmeeckle Enrique Vivoni

SESE Surface Processes Seminar Fall 2018

The Earth Surface Processes Seminar (called "Geomorphology Seminar" in the GLG courses list) runs every term, for one unit credit (repeatable any number of times, and we prefer students do enroll) on a different theme each term. Our off-campus meeting time this term will as usual be 7:00pm-9:00pm on Thursdays.

The Theme this term will be "Hot Topics in Geomorphology."

In a typical session we discuss a single research paper or two short ones. One or a pair of students have the charge to lead the discussion each session. Guiding a discussion, pointing out interesting angles to discuss and keeping the discussion on track are the main tasks. Usually this involves leading the group through the paper, but with an aim to highlighting discussion points rather than a report/summary of all points. Sometimes digging up essential background material from previous papers is essential to either understanding of the paper, or for drawing out key discussion points. Determining whether such ancillary material is needed is up to the student leaders. As we move forward we want to get into full discussion and debate mode -- everyone should make a point of saying at least a couple things in each meeting: a question, answer, comment, observation, whatever. We want all voices engaged in the conversation!

We're looking forward to a vibrant set of discussions this semester! Encouragement from Arjun and Ramon.

Date and locationDiscussion Leader(s)Reading/topic

Thursday, August 23; Lorrie's house at 3530 S Poplar St, Tempe.

*Please park on La Jolla, Oak, or Elm Streets, and not in the cul-de-sac*
Social gathering and topic planning. 10th anniversary of the Surface Processes Seminar!
Thursday, August 30; at Ramon's house 140 E Del Rio, Tempe, AZ 85282 Lorrie We start the semester by considering how landscapes respond to and sediment deposits record signals from climatic and tectonic forcings.

Jerolmack, D., Paola, C. "Shredding of Environmental Signals by Sediment Transport." Geophysical Research Letters, 37, (2010).

Thursday, September 6; Arjun's place, 3223 E Mitchell in Phoenix 85018 Stephanie and Alex

Foreman, B.Z., and Straub, K.M. "Autogenic geomorphic processes determine the resolution and fidelity of terrestrial paleoclimate records." Science Advances, 3, e1700683 (2017).

Thursday, September 13; at Zach's place, 2121 S Pennington, Unit 31, Mesa, AZ 85202 Zach Gran, K., and Czuba, J.A. "Sediment pulse evolution and the role of network structure." Geomorphology, 277, (2017), 17-30.

Thursday, September 20; See Emily's email for her address Emily Marshall, JA, Roering, JJ, Gavin, DG, and Granger, DE. "Late Quaternary climatic controls on erosion rates and geomorphic processes in western Oregon, USA." GSA Bulletin, 129, 715 - 731.

Thursday, September 27; Wren's abode, 2157 E. Minton Drive Wren St Clair et al., Science 350, 534 (2015). "Geophysical imaging reveals topographic stress control of bedrock weathering."

R.S. Anderson, Science 350, 506 (2015). "Pinched topography initiates the critical zone." Insights and perspectives on St Clair et al., 2015.

Thursday, October 4; Kelin's house: 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe Em and Ty Dietze, et al., 2017. "Spatiotemporal patterns, triggers and anatomies of seismically detected rockfalls." Earth Surface Dynamics, 5, 757-779, 2017.

Dietze, supplement.

Thursday, October 11; No seminar: Fall Break & Friends of the Pleistocene trip Oct 12 - 14
Thursday, October 18; Kelin's house: 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe Miriam and Nari We'll read and discuss Hsu, L., Finnegan, N. J., and Brodsky, E. E. , 2011, "A seismic signature of river bedload transport during storm events," Geophysical Research Letters, v. 38.

And use this for background: Burtin, A., Bollinger, L., Vergne, J., Cattin, R., and Nábĕlek, J. L., 2008, "Spectral analysis of seismic noise induced by rivers: A new tool to monitor spatiotemporal changes in stream hydrodynamics," Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 113.

Thursday, October 25; Arjun's place, 3223 E Mitchell in Phoenix 85018 Wren Cook, K, Andermann, C, Gimbert, F, Adhikari, BR, Hovius, N. (2018). "Glacial lake outburst floods as drivers of fluvial erosion in the Himalaya." Science, 362(6410), 53-57.
Thursday, November 1; Lorrie's and Grace's, 3530 S Poplar St, Tempe.

*Please park on La Jolla, Oak, or Elm Streets, and not in the cul-de-sac*
Grace and Lorrie The primary paper: Johnson and Finnegan. "A lithologic control on active meandering in bedrock channels." GSA Bulletin, 127: 1766-1776. doi:

Please skim the supplemental paper, Finnegan and Dietrich. "Episodic bedrock strath terrace formation due to meander migration and cutoff." Geology 39 (2): 143-146. doi:

And the supplement's data repository item is available for those interested.

Thursday, November 8; Canceled
Thursday, November 15; Lorrie's + Grace's place Stephanie Antonelli et al. (2018). "Geological and climatic influences on mountain biodiversity." Nature Geoscience, 11(10), 718725.


Thursday, November 22; Thanksgiving Holiday Observed
Thursday, November 29; Arjun's house Joel and Alana Gallen, S F. (2018). " Lithologic controls on landscape dynamics and aquatic species evolution in post-orogenic mountains." EPSL, 493, pp 150-160.

*think about next semester's theme.

Thursday, December 6;

Past seminars
Spring 2018 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2017 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2017 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2016 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2016 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2015 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2015 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2014 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2014 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2013 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2013 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2012 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2012 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2011 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2011 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2010 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2010 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2009 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2009 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2008 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Spring 2008 SESE Geomorphology Seminar

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