Members of the SMaRT project at Brasenose College. From left to right: Ciaran Nash (ESR3, University of Oxford), Giles Wiggs (University of Oxford), Marko Horvat (ESR1, Politecnico di Torino) and Roberto Nuca (ESR2, Optiflow Company)
The SMaRT ESRs have spent 3 months at the University of Oxford. Thanks to the valuable support provided by Giles Wiggs and University staff, ESRs were able to deepen the knowledge about aeolian and geomorphological processes involved in the flow interactions of wind and sand. Besides the lectures on aeolian and fluvial processes (given from 16th January to 6th March), ESRs were able to follow “Sandscape” Seminars given by world’s finest experts in the area.
List of the Sandscape Seminars:
1. 1st February, “The Holocene sandscapes of the United Arab Emirates” by prof Adrian Parker from Oxford Brookes University;
2. 8th February, “New approaches to understanding dust sources processes: recent results from the Chihuahuan Desert” by Dr Rob Bryant from University of Sheffield;
3. 22nd February, “Lunette dunes of the Australian desert margins: new perspectives on hydrology and climate” by Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons from Max Planck Institute, Germany;
4. 8th March, “It’s turbulent: new directions on sand transport by the wind” by Prof Andreas Baas from King’s College London.