Sediment flow tracked in lab-sized delta

October 14, 2011 5:45 AM

Ryan Rivet

Researchers in the sediment dynamics lab at Tulane University are focused on determining how water and sediment travel through river deltas. Using reduced-scale experiments, researchers recreate environments such as the Mississippi delta in order to predict where and how the sediment forms.

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The practical application of the experiments is two-fold. Understanding how sediments flow through deltas can help identify how sea-level rise and subsidence will affect coastal communities. In addition, the results from the research can be used in determining where to prospect for oil. In this video, Kyle Straub, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, discusses the experiments and their significance.

“Given where we live in southeast Louisiana, understanding how deltas work presents a challenging set of research problems, but it’s a very important set of research problems,” Straub says.

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