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Graduate seminar series spring 2014, Extreme Events


Graduate seminar on Extreme Events in the Critical Zone (Geog 5241, Special topics in physical geography), Spring 2014. All are welcome, whether enrolled for credit or not.

Contact Suzanne Anderson for more information

Weekly evening meetings to read papers and discuss extreme events.  We are motivated by events in the Front Range in September 2013, but will try to put these in a much broader context.  Guided by interests within the group, we will cover topics ranging from flood hydrology, groundwater recharge, debris flow generation, disturbance effects on ecosystems and sediment systems, magnitude-frequency trade-offs in erosion rates, the legacy of extreme events in the landscape.



Woodhouse, C (2001):  A tree-ring reconstruction of streamflow for the Colorado Front Range, Journal of the American Water Resources Association 37(3): 561-569.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.2001.tb05493.x

Trenberth, K (2011):  Changes in precipitation with climate change, Climate Research 47: 123-138
DOI: 10.3354/cr00953.


Jarrett, R.D., and Tomlinson E.M. (2000):  Regional interdisciplinary paleoflood approach to assess extreme flood potential.  Water Resour. Res. 36(10): 2957-2984.
DOI: 10.1029/2000WR900098

Costa, J.E. (1983):  Paleohydraulic reconstruction of flash-flood peaks from boulder deposits in the Colorado Front Range.  GSA Bulletin 94: 986-1004.
DOI: 10.1130/0016-7606(1983)94<986:PROFPF>2.0.CO;2


McDonnell, J.J. (2013):  Are all runoff processes the same?  Hydrol. Process. 27: 4103-4111.
DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10076

Ogden, F.L., Sharif, H.O., Senarath, S.U.S., Smith, J.A., Baeck, M.L., and Richardson, J.R. (2000):  Hydrologic analysis of the Fort Collins, Colorado flash flood of 1997.  J. Hydrol. 228: 82-100.


Hobley, D.E.J., Sinclair, H.D., and Mudd, S.M. (2012):  Reconstruction of a major storm event from its geomorphic signature:  The Ladakh floods, 6 August 2010.  Geology,
DOI: 10.1130/G32935.1. (plus supplemental materials)

Godt, J.W., and Coe, J.A. (2007):  Alpine debris flows triggered by a 28 July 1999 thunderstorm in the central Front Range, Colorado.  Geomorphology 84: 80-97.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.07.009


Beven, K. J., Kirkby, M. J., (1979) A physically based, variable contributing area model of basin hydrology. Hydrological Sciences Bulletin--des Sciences Hydrologique 24 (1): 43-69.
DOI: 10.1080/02626667909491834

Seibert, J., Bishop, K., Rodhe, A., and McDonnell, J., (2003) Groundwater dynamics along a hillslope: A test of the steady state hypothesis. Water Resources Research 39 (1), 1014,
DOI: 10.1029/2002WR001404


Dunne, T. (1991): Stochastic aspects of the relations between climate, hydrology and landform evolution. Trans. Japanese Geomorphological Union 12: 1-24.

Runyan, C.W., D’Odorico, P. (2014): Bistable dynamics between forest removal and landslide occurrence. Water Resources Research 50.
DOI: 10.1002/2013WR014819


Korup, O. (2012): Earth’s portfolio of extreme sediment transport events. Earth Sci. Reviews 112: 115-125.
DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.02.006


Dadson, S.J., Hovius, N., Chen, H., Dade, W.B., Hsieh, M.-L., Willett, S.D., Hu, J.-C., Horng, M.-J., Chen, M.-C., Stark, C.P., Lague, D., and Lin, J.-C. (2003): Links between erosion, runoff variability and seismicity in the Taiwan orogeny. Nature 426: 648-651.
DOI: 10.1038/nature02150

Lin, G.-W., Chen, H., Hovius, N., Horng, M.-J., Dadson, S., Meunier, P., and Lines, M. (2008): Effects of earthquake and cyclone sequencing on landsliding and fluvial sediment transfer in a mountain catchment.Earth Surf. Process. Landforms 33: 1354-1373 Water Resources Research 50.
DOI: 10.1002/esp.1716



Finnegan, N.J., Schumer, R., and Finnegan, S. (2014):  A signature of transcience in bedrock river incision rates over timescales of 104-107 years.  Nature 505: 391-395.
DOI: 10.1038/nature12913

Yanites, B.J., Tucker, G.E., Hsu, H.-L., Chen, C., Chen, Y.-G., and Mueller, K.J. (2011):  The influence of sediment cover variability on long-term river incision rates:  An example from the Peikang River, central Taiwan.  J. Geophys. Res. 116, F03016.
DOI: 10.1029/2010JF001933


Sadler, P. and Jerolmack, J. (2014): Scaling Laws for Aggradation, Denudation and Progradation Rates: The Case for Time-scale Invariance at Sediment Sources and Sinks. Geological Society of London Special Publication


Benda, L., and Dunne, T. (1997) Stochastic forcing of sediment supply to channel networks from landsliding and debris flow.  Water Resources Research 33 (12): 2849-2863.
DOI: 10.1029/97WR02388

Benda, L., and Dunne, T. (1997) Stochastic forcing of sediment routing and storage in channel networks.  Water Resources Research 33 (12): 2865-2880.
DOI: 10.1029/97WR02387


Wolman, M.G., and Miller, J.P. (1960):  Magnitude and frequency of forces in geomorphic processes.  The Journal of Geology 68 (1): 54-74.

And something else in all likelihood


Coe, J., Kean, J., Godt, J., Baum, R., Jones, E., Gochis, D., Anderson, G. (2014):  An extraordinary debris-flow event in the Colorado Front RangeGSA Today.


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