Department of Geological Sciences Jackson School of Geosciences
|When:||Friday, December 3, 2010, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Join us for coffee beginning at 10:00 a.m.
|Where:||Seminar Conference Room, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 196-ROC, Austin, Texas 78758|
|Host:||Charles Jackson, UTIG|
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Understanding landscape sensitivity to climate is a necessary for (imperfectly) inferring the past history of external forcing from landscape form. I will present results from two ongoing projects designed to measure landscape process and form as a function of climate over very different timescales. First, mean annual precipitation varies by ~10x across the Kohala peninsula of Hawaii, and long-term river downcutting into basalt correlates with basin-averaged precipitation rate. Future work will constrain the relative importance of direct runoff, basalt weathering, and weathering-dependent sediment production on observed river incision patterns. Second, I will present results from a 2+ year monitoring record of rainfall, runoff and soil moisture in southern Arizona. These data are compared to a record of arroyo headwall retreat to understand the sensitivity of gully erosion to weather in semiarid landscapes.