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 Spring 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 Tuesdays.

This semester's theme will be Human Impacts / Impacts on Humans (hazards). This will allow us to tackle topics covering much of the range suggested on the google doc filled out by students - anthropogenic effects, including on speciation, as well as tectonic problems (triggered Earthquakes, subsidence, active tectonics/hazards). 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
Tuesday, January 22;

Kelin's house, 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe

Maddy and Wren Jon D. Pelletier, Jay Quade, Ron J. Goble, Mark S. Aldenderfer; Widespread hillslope gullying on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau: Human or climate-change induced?. GSA Bulletin ; 123 (9-10): 1926-1938. doi:
Tuesday, January 29;

at Nari's house, 425 E Balboa Dr, Tempe

Stephanie and Laurence Perron, J. T., Kirchner, J. W., & Dietrich, W. E. (2009). Formation of evenly spaced ridges and valleys. Nature, 460(7254), 502-505.

Perron et al., Supplement.

Perron et al., Movie.

Whipple, KX. (2009). Landscape texture set to scale. Nature, 460(7254), 468-469.

Tuesday, February 4;

Kelin's house, 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe

Joel and Ajay Tucker, G. E., Arnold, L., Bras, R. L., Flores, H., Istanbulluoglu, E., & Solyom, P. (2006). Headwater channel dynamics in semiarid rangelands, Colorado high plains, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 118(7-8), 959-974.
Tuesday, February 12; Em's place, 3224 S Kenwood Ln, Tempe Em and Mariah Barnard, P. L., Short, A. D., Harley, M. D., Splinter, K. D., Vitousek, S., Turner, I. L., ...Heathfield, D. K. (2015). Coastal vulnerability across the Pacific dominated by El Nino/Southern Oscillation. Nature Geoscience, 8(10), 801-807.

Barnard, P. L., Hoover, D., Hubbard, D. M., Snyder, A., Ludka, B. C., Allan, J., ...Serafin, K. A. (2017). Extreme oceanographic forcing and coastal response due to the 2015-2016 El Nino. Nature Communications, 8, 14365.

Tuesday, February 19; Ian's house 321 E. Aepli Dr. Tempe 85282 Maddy and Zach Davidson-Arnott, R. G. D. (2005). Conceptual Model of the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Sandy Coasts. Journal of Coastal Research, 216, 1166-1172.

Bruun, P., 1988. The Bruun Rule of Erosion by sea-level rise: A discussion on large-scale two- and three-dimensional usages. Journal of Coastal Research, 4(4), 627-648. Charlottesville (Virginia). ISSN 0749-02

Tuesday, February 26; Canceled
Tuesday, March 5; Spring Break
Tuesday, March 12; Arjun's place, 3223 E Mitchell in Phoenix 85018 Nari Amundson, R., Berhe, A. A., Hopmans, J. W., Olson, C., Sztein, A. E., & Sparks, D. L. (2015). Soil and human security in the 21st century. Science, 348(6235), 1261071-1261071.
Tuesday, March 19; Lorrie's and Grace's house at 3530 S Poplar St, Tempe.

*Please park on La Jolla, Oak, or Elm Streets, and not in the cul-de-sac*
Grace and Lorrie Montgomery, D. R. (2007). Soil erosion and agricultural sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(33), 13268-13272.

Supplementary Information website:

Tuesday, March 26; Intermission
Tuesday, April 2; Kelin's house, 235 E Dawn Drive Tempe Anna and Wren Lal, R. (2004). Soil Carbon Sequestration Impacts on Global Climate Change and Food Security. Science, 304(5677), 1623-1627.

Van Oost, K., Quine, T. A., Govers, G., De Gryze, S., Six, J., Harden, J. W., ... Merckx, R. (2007). The Impact of Agricultural Soil Erosion on the Global Carbon Cycle. Science, 318(5850), 626-629.

Lal, R., Pimentel, D., Van Oost;, K., Six, J., Govers, G., Quine, T., & Gryze, S. D. (2008). Soil Erosion: A Carbon Sink or Source? Science, 319(5866), 1040-1042. *Article begins on second page.

Monday, April 8; Optional seminar at Ian Walker's house, with guest speaker. See email. 321 E Aepli Dr (just S of Broadway and College), 7pm.
Tuesday, April 16; Nari's house 425 E Balboa Dr, Tempe Emily Wilkinson, B. H., & McElroy, B. J. (2007). The impact of humans on continental erosion and sedimentation. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 119(1-2), 140-156.
Tuesday, April 23; Arjun's place, 3223 E Mitchell in Phoenix 85018 Laurence Fuller, I. C., Macklin, M. G., & Richardson, J. M. (2015). The Geography of the Anthropocene in New Zealand: Differential River Catchment Response to Human Impact. Geographical Research, 53(3), 255269.

McWethy, D. B., Whitlock, C., Wilmshurst, J. M., McGlone, M. S., Fromont, M., Li, X., Cook, E. R. (2010). Rapid landscape transformation in South Island, New Zealand, following initial Polynesian settlement. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(50), 2134321348.

Past seminars
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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