Disconnected Catchments
Oct 28

Disconnected Catchments

Date & Time
28 October 2020 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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28 October 2020 6:00 PM

Disconnected Catchments: Reflections on physical and social connectivity as an organising principle

Please note: this event will be begin at 6pm AEST. 


Catchment management (and a great deal of environmental philosophy) has always been based on the fundamental idea of intimate connection driven by the down-valley flow of water and materials: that actions in one part of the catchment will have impacts downstream.  Physical connections flowed through to a web of social responsibilities structured by a dendritic river network.   The outcome has been an emphasis on integration, and a feeling that local actions were futile.  In this talk I will explore ideas of longitudinal catchment connections and demonstrate that there are many other ways to think about the spatial arrangement of actions within catchments.   

Ian Rutherfurd is a geomorphologist who studies river processes, and in particular the impacts of humans on those processes.  He is deeply involved in the management of rivers.  Ian is a past president of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the Australia New Zealand Geomorphology Group, and is a professor in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. 

Event Type
Public Lecture
Contact Details
Tod Jones

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