Applied Math Seminar: Mike Siddoway (Colorado College) on the "Wind Erosion Equation"
- Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Wilson Hall, 1-144 - view map
Applied Mathematics Seminar:
Dr. Mike Siddoway (Colorado College, on sabbatical at MSU)
Title: Wind Erosion Equation
Wind erosion is still a major problem in the Great Plains. If you see dust rising off an acre of land, this translates to about a dime's width of soil being liberated from the surface, approximately five tons of particulate per acre. Beginning in the late 1950's, scientists in Canada and the US began an effort to study the factors behind wind erosion. The idea being: "The better we understand the mechanisms of soil loss to wind, the more we can do to prevent catastrophic losses, like those suffered during the Dust Bowl years." The "equation" (really an algorithm) that was devised in the mid-60's, though improved upon in many ways since, is still the most widely used around the world. The modeling of "wind erosion," the problem that first brought mathematics deeply into the study of soil processes, is still one of the most actively pursued areas in all of soil science.