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Learn WHY huge boulders head straight to the front of a debris flow… and how likely is it to happen again…

The Chalk Talk was packed last night at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) -for a fascinating “general audience” talk, with powerful videos and graphics, by physicist Douglas Jerolmack.

It is now available in KITP’s talk archives:

Research Interests: Experimental geophysics, with a focus on geomorphology (the “science of scenery”). My research focuses on the spatial and temporal evolution of patterns that emerge at the interface of fluid and sediment on Earth and planetary surfaces. Our group uses laboratory experiments, combined with field work and theory, to elucidate the minimum number of ingredients that are required to explain physical phenomena. Particular foci include: granular physics of fluid-driven (water and wind) sediment transport; landform dynamics including dunes, river channels, deltas and fans; stochastic and nonlinear transport processes; and landscape response to dynamic boundary conditions such as climate.

Check out other Chalk Talks, such as the The Science of Cheese ,
The Hard Science of Soft Matter    https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/outreach/chalk-talks

And the Public Lecture archive, which includes: How Hearing HappensBlack Holes and Gravitational Waves— Was Einstein Right?.

https://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/outreach/public-lectures

KITP’s next Public Lecture is: Novel Directions in the Search for New Physics
Speaker: Asimina Arvanitaki
Date: 2018-04-18

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