Tag Archives: River flow

Going with the flow…musically

Some time ago, on a warm Friday afternoon, when my mind was wandering, I was gazing vaguely at some flow graphs, trying to prepare for a lecture for my River Ecology class the following Monday.  The flow graphs were from … Continue reading

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Anthropocene Baselines: Assessing Change and Managing Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Aquatic Ecosystems

A recent paper in BioScience, co-authored by Keller Kopf, Max Finlayson, myself (all Charles Sturt University), Neil Sims (CSIRO Land and Water) and Sally Hladyz (Monash University), sets out to ask: how can we measure change in human-dominated freshwater ecosystems, … Continue reading

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Luna Leopold’s papers online

  I have talked briefly about Luna Leopold (the famous American geomorphologist and hydrologist) before, but recently discovered this treasure trove of his writings collated here at the University of California, Berkeley.  It is called the ‘The Virtual Luna Leopold … Continue reading

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Review of Emily O’Gorman’s ‘Flood Country’

I recently reviewed Emily O’Gorman’s Flood Country: an environmental history of the Murray-Darling Basin for Australian Book Review, and my review can be found in their April 2013 issue. The title is a little misleading. The book concerns the roles … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci: water, rivers, science and art (Part 1)

Leonardo da Vinci was a truly remarkable polymath.  He is variously known as a painter, sculptor, scientist (geologist, botanist), architect, engineer, musician and inventor. But, amongst his many areas of expertise, Leonardo could perhaps also be called an hydrologist or … Continue reading

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Floodplain farmland is so fertile because rivers flood

Recent concerns have been expressed by Murray farmers downstream of Lake Hume about the devastation that flooding may cause to their properties. The prospect of more frequent flooding because of environmental flow releases, as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, has got … Continue reading

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Why we will make mistakes managing the Murray-Darling, and why that’s OK

This was a piece I wrote for The Conversation in early May and thought I’d reproduce it here.  Hope you find it interesting and thought-provoking. It could be testament to our creativity and ingenuity that we can make an attempt at … Continue reading

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