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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Management of the River Murray Mouth, Australia Seminar

1 November 2012
Lanchester Building lecture theatre 3031 (7/3031)

Event details

Seminar series

The River Murray is Australia’s largest river, draining an area of 1 million square kilometres. It discharges to the sea through an opening that is located in an area of significant environmental importance and one that has provided plenty of challenges due to a combination of variable river flows, a highly energetic ocean, and a tendency to become choked with ocean beach sand.

Dr Walker has been working in the area since the late 1980s in an effort to understand the dynamics of the mouth and to apply this knowledge in developing an effective management strategy.

The talk will cover Dr Walker’s early work on developing a statistical model of the mouth behaviour and move to the more recent process-based modelling that is designed to optimise the operation of dredges that have been brought in to assist in managing the the extensive sand banks that have formed over the last thirty years.

Speaker information

Professor David Walker, University of Adelaide in South Australia. is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. The focus of his work is coastal engineering (coastal modelling, data collection and analysis, and coastal management) and he has undertaken engineering contracting and engineering consulting projects while working in Australia, South Africa and the UK. He is currently in Southampton on sabbatical leave, working with Professor Robert Nicholls as a scholar in the CoMEM program.

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