Spring 2013 - New Ways of Examining Classic Concepts in Eco-Geomorphology

This spring's reading group will seek to connect our discussions from Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, which emphasized the foundations and emergence of modern geomorphic theory, to new methodologies that are allowing us to test these theories in novel ways. The discussions will move from general, broad-scale geologic and ecologic theory  down to fine-scale hydraulic and habitat units - while exploring emergent methods for measuring these environments and subsequently lending new information to longstanding theories.

Week 1: 15 January, 2013 - Graded Streams and Longitudinal Profiles

  • Paper 1: Mackin, JH. 1948. Concept of the Graded River. Geological Society of America Bulletin 5: 463-512. DOI: 10.1130/0016-7606(1948)59[463:COTGR]2.0.CO;2
  • Paper 2: Pederson JL, Tressler C. 2012. Colorado River long-profile metrics, knickzones and their meaning. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 345-348: 171-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.espl.2012.06.047

Week 2: 29 January, 2013 - Remote Sensing of Hydraulic Geometry

  • Paper 1: Leopold, LB and Maddock T. 1953. The hydraulic geometry of stream channels and some physiographic implications. USGS Professional Paper 252. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.
  • Paper 2: Legleiter CJ. 2012. Remote Measurement of river morphology via fusion of LiDAR topography and spectrally based bathymetry. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 37: 499-518. DOI: 10.1002/esp.2262

Week 3: 26 February, 2013 - Structure From Motion for Geomorphic Mapping

  • Paper 1: Fonstad MA, Dietrich JT, Courville BC, Jensen JL, Carbonneau PE. 2013. Topographic structure from motion: a new development in photogrammetric measurement. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.  DOI: 10.1002/esp.3366
  • Paper 2 (OPTIONAL): Westoby MJ, Brasington J, Glasser NF, Hambrey MJ, Reynolds JM. 2012. 'Structure-from-motion' photogrammetry: a low-cost, effective tool for geoscience applications. Geomorphology 179: 300-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.08.021