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It's sedimentary my dear Watson! Investigating sediment dynamics in agricultural watersheds using sediment fingerprinting

Dr. Alex Koiter,
Department of Geography, Brandon University

Soil erosion can have a negative effect on water quality by increasing the amount of sediment in surface water ways. In agricultural watersheds, water quality can be affected by the sheer volume of sediment, and/or the nutrient pollution that is associated with the sediment. Therefore, developing and implementing best management practices at a watershed-scale first require that dominant sources of sediment are identified. However, soil erosion and sediment transportation are highly variable processes, over both spatial and temporal scales, which makes it difficult to identify problematic sources of sediment. To address these complications, there is growing interest in using naturally occurring soil/sediment properties (fingerprints) to trace in-stream sediment back to its soil origins. The technique is similar to linking a suspect to a crime scene using their fingerprints. This presentation will highlight some of the recent research using fingerprinting techniques to better understand sediment dynamics in agricultural watersheds in Canada.

Dr. Koiter recently joined (August 2017) the Department of Geography at Brandon University, MB as an Assistant Professor. In this role, he teaches a variety of undergraduate physical geography courses and continue his research in soil erosion, water quality and watershed processes.

Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Venue: Room 5L24 Lockhart Hall

Pizza lunch.