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Global Rivers: A New View from Space
Global Rivers: A New View from Space
Professor Tamlin Pavelsky
The world’s rivers are the veins of our continents, moving water, pollutants, cargo and people from the mountains to the sea. However, we know surprisingly little about their characteristics at a global scale—how wide are they? when do they freeze? How much sediment do they carry? Images from satellites can help us answer all of these questions. We will explore how a new era of space-based observations is changing our view of rivers.

Tamlin Pavelsky is a professor of global hydrology at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his BA from Middlebury College and PhD from UCLA in Geography. Tamlin is the NASA hydrology lead on the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite mission, launching in 2022. He received a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest U.S. government award for early career researchers. Tamlin grew up outside Fairbanks, Alaska in cabins without electricity or running water.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 01/27/2022      
Program Year : 2021-22      
Term : Winter      
Fee : $10.00