Presenters: Andrew Barkwith
‘Simulating landscape evolution and the impacts of human intervention’
Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series
Date: 27th October 2015
Venue: Soft room, Architectural Association, Bedford Square
The Earth’s land surface is home to over 7 billion people and we rely on it for food, water, shelter, energy and general prosperity. This surface is constantly evolving, its dynamics driven by a suite of hydrological and geomorphic processes that vary with climate and human induced change. We have been trying to understand these processes for millennia and, in the past, have used drawings, classifications and maps to analyse the changes that we see. A natural development of these tools over recent decades has been numerical modelling, which let us not only further develop our understanding of the Earth’s land surface, but also quantitatively test this understanding and make predictions about its future evolution. In this lecture we will examine some of the natural processes that influence landscape evolution, explore methods for simulating the dynamic landscape and investigate how these can be used to analyse the impacts that humans are having on the Earth’s land surface.