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posted: Thursday October 9, 2008

Event: The Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Texas at Austin will host the 39th annual Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium to discuss how fluvial deposits (sediment transported and deposited by rivers) contribute to the study of environmental and climate change.

When: Oct. 10-11

Where: The University of Texas at Austin AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Background: The event includes more than 50 national and international presenters, including four keynote speakers:

  • Karl Butzer, the Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Vic Baker, the Regents' Professor, Departments of Hydrology and Water Resources, Planetary Sciences and Geosciences, University of Arizona
  • Tony Brown, professor, School of Geography, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Gerald Nanson, professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

The $90 registration fee includes a program with abstracts, admission to all sessions, T-shirt, meals and refreshments. Registration is available online or at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

The event will feature a one-day field trip to explore the environmental history of the lower Colorado river and gulf coastal plain of Texas, led by Michael Blum, professor of geology and geophysics at Louisiana State University, Oct. 9. The field trip cost is in addition to the symposium registration fee.

Fluvial deposits are widely recognized as a means to interpret environmental history, representing critical archives for understanding how landscapes respond to environmental and climate change. Geomorphologists analyze fluvial deposits to characterize the extent and timing of environmental change, such as flooding, drought, or episodes of accelerated erosion. In many instances fluvial deposits reveal human-induced impacts on watershed processes, providing deeper insights into the changing environment.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Georgetown University.

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