The G.V . Loganathan Distinguished Lecture Series was established to honor the contributions of scholarship, instruction and service by Dr. G.V. Loganathan in the area of water resources engineering and in memory of Dr. Loganathan and his students of the Advanced Hydrology class, 2007.
Dr. Rafael L. Bras is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Bras is a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the first Tech faculty member to hold the K. Harrison Brown Family Chair.
This talk is entitled “Chance and Necessity: Land-Atmosphere Interactions” and will explore some outcomes of hydrologic complexity, chance, and necessity with several examples. Examples include the surprising predictability of land fluxes from maximum entropy production principles; the impact of deforestation on the Amazon cloud climate; the self-organization of landscapes and river basins over very long time periods and the role of vegetation on landscape evolution; and the role of erosion and deposition in the carbon balance of a watershed.