Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We cross the Atlantic. Em2 in the UK!

Our Emriver Em2 has made its first big ocean crossing.

Here you see David Simm (left)  with technician Geoff Baker.  Dr. Simm works at Bath Spa University, which offers undergraduate degrees in Geography, GIS and Development Geography

Dave's Em2 will be put to all its best uses, including undergrad teaching, postgraduate teacher training workshops, GK-12 sessions with local schools, and student recruitment.  All the good things for which it's designed (we're very happy about this.)

David is a fluvial geomorphologist; his doctorate research focused on radiocesium and sediment traps to measure rates of overbank sedimentation on lowland meandering rivers in the UK.  Recently, he's been interested in river restoration and the role of River Trusts in stream rehabilitation.    He says "I've an interest in pedagogic aspects of university teaching, so I'll be interested in how the Em2 and associated activities can be used to enhance student learning.  This research feeds into our Changing landscapes Research Group." 

Thanks to Dave for his kind patience as our Meriam deftly navigated complex export procedures.

Here you see Meriam, Lily, and Christina celebrating the event.  And our Em2 map with the new addition.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy, cool, fun video of us.

Last week we shot video to show our updated Emriver Em2 model.  Here are a few clips.

This production is all in house, all in-family.  Planning, video, post production,  everything.

In eight languages.  Our Meriam, from Morocco, speaks four (and teaches one) of them.  And I love Lily's Thai greeting.  Her German roommate was a natural, thanks Franzi!

We're struggling in this economy, but are doing great things.  This little video shows our respect and compassion for each other and our work.

And how lucky I am to have such wonderful colleagues. 

I'll edit all this into a new how-to and introduction to our Em2.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Geomorphically incorrect art #9.

Another ad, this one from Outside.  The mountains, white oak leaves, snails and mushrooms are true to form, but what's up with that water?

My alternate copy:

"Terrified wearers of shoes in which a person can run ran for high ground when the dam broke.  You never took your feet off the porch rail."

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Geomorphically incorrect art #8.

Nothing funny about chronic angina, but this ad from a recent JAMA (click for larger image) made me laugh because the artist stiched together such a wide range of geomorphological and biological features.

And perverted science in several other disciplines to appeal to those in medicine.

I suspect the entire thing is fabrication.  Can your students tell why?

This one is a gem for talking about plant/geology and microclimate relationships.  See the lush green vegetation grading into a (sort of) mountain snowline? 

Down the mountain, like a little golf course lake populated by off duty cardiologists, this fluvial system has no ugly exposed sediment between the lush green vegetation and the water's surface.  Except for that inviting sandy beach in the foreground.  No unsightly wave erosion or exposed floodplain sediments.

The fluvio-lacustrine heart would suffer from congestive-sedimentary failure, I think, if it could form in the first place, which I don't think it possibly could.

Can you challenge students to come up with an explanation involving earthquakes and, I don't know, maybe rapid climate and base level change that could explain at least some of this?

What's possible and what's not?