Symposium on erosion and sediment transport across landscapes and waterscapes --

New Orleans, Louisiana, 11-14 December, 2014:
This International Symposium on Sediment Dynamics From the Summit to the Sea is part of a series of symposia organized under auspices of The International Commission on Continental Erosion (ICCE), which is one of ten commissions of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

The first symposium was held in 1981, a little over 30 years ago, in Florence, Italy. Recent symposia were held in Moscow, Russia in 2004, Dundee, United Kingdom in 2006, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2008, Warsaw, Poland in 2010, and Chengdu, China in 2012.The 2014 New Orleans symposium continued this highly successful, ongoing symposia series but was unique for two reasons: it was the first time that an ICCE/IAHS symposium was held on a large river delta; and the symposium highlighted the beneficial sides of erosion and sedimentation in connection with coastal and delta building processes.

More than 120 researchers from over 20 countries attended the symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. They presented studies conducted in all continents around the world and under various geomorphological settings from high mountains to coastal floodplains. The presentations covered seven research topics: 1) hillslope erosion, 2) channel erosion, 3) surface erosion, 4) sediment transport, 5) integrated watershed/river basin modeling of erosion and sediment transport, 6) sediment dynamics in coastal systems, and 7) erosion/sediment-associated contamination and pollution.

ICCE/IAHS chose New Orleans for its 2014 symposium because of the city’s unique location. Home to the Mississippi River Delta, New Orleans is built on thousands of years of sediment deposits, lending itself to a conducive environment for scientific discussions on erosion and sediment transport, and their influences on physical, chemical, and biological domains across landscapes and waterscapes.

The symposium participants discussed new research results and monitoring methods in erosion, sediment transport, sedimentation, and sediment-associated pollution. The meeting published an IAHS Redbook with 62 selected full papers (IAHS Publ. 367) that can be ordered at, as well as a symposium abstract booklet that can be downloaded at HERE, or from the Agenda page.

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