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 Ian Walker Enrique Vivoni

SESE Surface Processes Seminar Fall 2019

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.

This semester's theme will be an assortment of geomorphic topics including those related to tectonics, extreme events, flood distributions, landscape evolution, and sedimentation. This is a very broad theme so we plan to read 3-5 recent papers in clusters on specific topics.

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, September 5;

Kelin's house, 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe

Sonam Sherpa Michael D. Turzewski, Katharine W. Huntington, and Randall J. LeVeque; The Geomorphic Impact of Outburst Floods: Integrating Observations and Numerical Simulations of the 2000 Yigong Flood, Eastern Himalaya. JGR Earth Surface ; 24(5), (1056-1079).
Thursday, September 11th;

at Alex and Joel's apartment, 750 West Baseline Rd, Apartment 2151, Tempe, 85283

Stephanie Sparks Oliver Korup & David Montgomery; Tibetan Plateau River Incision Inhibited by Stabilization of the Tsangpo Gorge. Nature ; 455, (786-790). doic10.1038/nature07322
Thursday, September 19th; Canceled for GSA
Thursday, September 26th; Canceled for GSA
Thursday, October 3rd; Arjun's house Arjun's house at 3223 E Mitchell Dr, Phoenix AZ Alex and Joel Lang, K.A., K.W. Huntington, R. Burmester, B. Housen (2016). Rapid Exhumation of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis since the Late Miocene. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.128, 1403-1422.
Thursday, October 10; Nari's house 425 E Balboa Dr, Tempe Nari Hilley, G.E., S. Porder, F. Aron, C.W. Baden, S.A. Johnstone, F. Liu, R. Sare, A. Steelquist, H.H. Young, (2019). Earth's topographic relief potentially limited by an upper bound on channel steepness. Nature Geoscience, 12, 828-832.

Supplementary Information: Hilley et al. (2019), Supplementary Information

Thursday, October 17; Canceled
Thursday, October 24; Maddy's house (*please bring bikes through the side gate*) 1002 S Roosevelt St, Tempe Maddy Deal, E., A-C. Favre, J. Braun, (2017). Rainfall variability in the Himalayan orogen and its relevance to erosion processes. Water Resources Research, 53, 4004-4021.
Thursday, October 31; 👻 Canceled for Halloween
Thursday, November 7; Daniel's apartment 1000 E Apache Blvd Tempe, AZ 85281 Daniel & Lorrie Scherler, D., R.A. DiBiase, G.B. Fisher,J-P. Avouac (2017). Testing monsoonal controls on bedrock river incision in the Himalaya and Eastern Tibet with a stochastic-threshold stream power model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 122, 1389-1429.
Thursday, November 14; Arjun's house 3223 E Mitchell Dr, Phoenix, AZ Grace & Lorrie Riebe, C.S., L.S. Sklar, C.E. Lukens, D.L. Shuster (2015). Climate and topography control the size and flux of sediment produced on steep mountain slopes. PNAS, 112(51), 15574-15579.
Thursday, November 21; Kelin's house, 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe Wren Sklar, L.S., C.S. Riebe, J.A. Marshall, J. Genetti, S. Leclere, C.L. Lukens, V. Merces (2017) The problem of predicting the size distribution of sediment supplied by hillslopes to rivers Geomorphology, 277, 31-49.
Thursday, November 28; 🦃 No class - Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 5; Canceled for AGU

Past seminars
Spring 2019 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
Fall 2018 SESE Geomorphology Seminar
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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