29 June 2017 11:30Transport in Streams and Rivers (Tubes and canoes, rafts and kayaks, barges and paddle-wheels; so many ways to travel downstream)


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Prof. Diogo Bolster (College of Engineering – University of Notre Dame)

Rivers and streams transport the products of erosion and weathering, as well as anthropogenic materials collected from industrial, agricultural, and urban environments. While waterways are efficient transport networks, they are also important biogeochemical hotspots.
The seminar presents the results from a series of field experiments and high resolution numerical experiments of flow and conservative tracer transport that explore the characteristics of stream and hyporheic flow that control anomalous behaviors. We present a stochastic model with which we can model the observations and with which we can parse out individual mechanisms controlling large scale transport more clearly, enabling us to move towards building predictive mechanistic large scale models. We conclude with preliminary results and a discussion on what the implications for transport of more complex substances of interest might be, including nutrients and other biological matter, such as DNA.


Politecnico di Milano


Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale


29 June 2017


Politecnico di Milano, Aula Beltrami

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 - Edif. 5