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The Belmont Hydrology and Fine Sediment Lab


Department of Watershed Sciences

The Belmont Lab addresses both basic and applied questions related to hydrology and geomorphology, focused on landscape-scale water and sediment dynamics. We are driven to understand how landscape systems have evolved over geologic timescales and evaluate how that context influences, and is influenced by human activities. 

Our research agenda is defined by a few broad questions:

  • How do climate, geologic history, and human activities in a landscape influence river hydrology and sediment dynamics?
  • What are the mathematical laws that govern the erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment and how do those processes function at the watershed scale?
  • How can we combine process geomorphology theory with effective fieldwork and monitoring strategies to develop better land and water management practices? How can we develop practical strategies to manage sustainable landscapes? How can we rehabilitate or restore streams to promote long-term resilience and ecosystem integrity?
  • How do landscapes and ecosystems co-evolve? What are the primary drivers and feedback mechanisms that determine the dynamics of life and it's landscape?