The Applied Geomorphology lab is part of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Iowa State University. We study earth surface processes, the evolution of landscapes through these processes, and the impacts of management on process and form. We work in fluvial, glacial, and hillslope settings using various combinations of fieldwork, geospatial analysis, modeling and laboratory experiments.
A paper outlining theoretical constraints on the stability of supraglacial debris (rock debris on top of glaciers) was recently published by Pete in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. The stability of debris cover on glacier surfaces has a significant impact on both the short-term ablation of debris-covered glaciers and the longer-term landform genesis in these systems.
PhD student Billy Beck's first paper from his dissertation is now out in the Open Access journal Water, as part of a special issue on Streambank Erosion: Monitoring, Modeling and Management. The paper summarizes recent years' observations of bank erosion in Walnut Creek, IA, as measured with erosion pins. Congrats to Billy!
The North-central section of the Geological Society of America will be holding its annual meeting in Ames next spring, and the Applied Geomorphology lab will be there. Join us for a session we're co-convening on fluvial geomorphology in formerly-glaciated settings:
Pete attended the 2017 GSA annual meeting in Seattle in late October and had a busy week. These were a few of the highlights:
Pete will be contributing to this year's Urban Streambank Restoration and Bioengineering Methods training hosted by the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, in Des Moines, IA.