This event took place on Thursday 21 October 2021.
We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Daniel Conley.
Beaches are the most iconic form of coastal morphology. Present on all continents and observed throughout geologic history, they are not only a popular source of pleasure, recreation and contemplation, but also nature’s most effective form of coastal protection. An unconstrained beach provides a healthy margin between marine and terrestrial environments, reshaping to absorb the erosive power of waves against the coastline.Join Professor of Nearshore Processes, Daniel Conley, as he takes us on a voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, illuminating the challenges presented by sediment transport under waves compared to the land and river equivalents, and how he resolves these mysteries. He introduces us to why some of the greatest minds in science have been fascinated by sediment transport and how we could improve our understanding of sediment dynamics in the coastal ocean in future.
Gravity’s pull on these collections of loose, mobile sediment that is piled high on the edge of continents suggests that beaches should have a limited lifetime. Yet current research and historic ubiquity shows, clearly, this is not the case.
You are welcome to join us for the University of Plymouth’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture series, which provide a milestone event in a professorial career. Through these we can promote and celebrate the academic reputation and achievements within their research.Need to knowThis event is free to attend and open to all. This is a hybrid-delivery event, meaning you can attend in-person or alternatively, participate in the event live using Zoom. There will not be social distancing restrictions in place during this event. Please register using the link above and indicate which attendance option you would prefer.