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.
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