Fans of the work of Dr David Nash, Brighton University, UK, will love this piece of data. Particularly fans of his 1996 Earth Surface Processes and Landforms paper.
The Hackness Hills image above was produced via a Hillshade on Ordnance Survey OS Terrain 5 Data downloaded from Digimap (OS Terrain 5 [ASC geospatial data], Scale 1:10000, Tiles: se99ne,se99nw,se99se,se99sw, Updated: 2 April 2017, Ordnance Survey (GB), Using: EDINA Digimap Ordnance Survey Service, <http://digimap.edina.ac.uk>, Downloaded: 2017-07-13 09:40:15.365).
It is, of course, the wonderful groundwater-sapping formed valleys of the Hackness Hills in North Yorkshire. Below is a view from Google Maps –
These valleys are unusual as they are formed by the emergence of groundwater to the surface, so erode in a headward direction. This results in them appearing much stubbier and wider, and much larger than the size of the river would suggest. They are quite similar in appearance to some channels on Mars, and are seen as a terrestrial analog for the Martian valleys.
The nearby Hole of Horcum, just to the west, is thought to be formed by the same processes, but looks quite different.
The view from the top of the Hole of Horum (left) and inside the Whisperdales, Hackness Hills (right), taken by @floodskinner
You can book your place at the conference from this webpage.
Using our Oculus Virtual Reality headset, the delegates will be able to control the sea level in the Humber Estuary and simulate the impacts of future sea level rise on the tides, via the CAESAR-Lisflood environmental model incorporated in Humber in a Box. This is an actual research model used assess climate change impacts on landscapes.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for SeriousGeoGames. A few weeks ago we finally got hold of the brand new Oculus Rift and, thanks to the excellent BetaJester, we have Flash Flood! running in Virtual Reality – we’re biased, of course, but it is truly awesome!
The second bit of news is about your first chance to try it – we’re very happy to have been invited back to Hull’s premier arts and cultural festival, the Freedom Festival, as part of the University of Hull science exhibits in Queen’s Gardens. You will be able to try Flash Flood! VR during the day on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016. There will be lots of other great exhibits, and speakers for Soapbox Science.
Chris demonstrating Humber in a Box at Freedom Festival 2015.
We immediately pack up the kit and get on a train to Plymouth for the annual meeting of the British Society for Geomorphology. Chris Skinner will be demonstrating the application and will also be presenting a talk on the science behind Flash Flood!.
Our next event will be the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) event, Into the Blue at the end of October. We’re really looking forward to this and will hopefully have several sets of kit running Flash Flood! underneath the wings of a Concorde – there will be numerous scientists from the Flash Flooding from Intense Rainfall project on hand to talk about their research (as well as the other 47 exhibits and tours of a research aircraft) – we will post more details soon!
#NERCIntoTheBlue – A Science Festival under the wings of Concorde!
Chloe Morris, a PhD student at the University of Hull, recently presented her research at the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) University Funding Initiative (BUFI) Annual Science Festival. Held at Herriot-Watt University, Chloe’s poster ‘Modelling the Interations Between Coasts and Estuaries’ featured a demonstration of Humber in a Box, and she won the “Best Overall Poster” award and £200.
“I presented my project which focuses on the interactions between coast and estuarine environments and I used the Google Cardboards to show one of the numerical models that I am using to carry out my research” – Chloe Morris
The event aimed to bring together current BUFI students and provide them the opportunity to share their research with each other, staff from the BGS, researchers at Herriot-Watt University, and local sixth-form students.
Chloe’s research aims to couple two numerical models together to simulate interactions between the Humber Estuary and the Holderness Coast. This is important as erosion from the cliffs washes a lot of sediment into the Humber Estuary and this can cause changes to the shape and depth of the Estuary bed, potentially causing problems to things like shipping traffic. Using models like this, Chloe will be able to make predictions of how climate change might effect the Estuary in the future.
Chloe used the Humber in a Box demo and Google Cardboard headsets to demonstrate how numerical models work.
“It’s difficult to explain or show on a poster what a numerical model is or what it does, but the Google Cardboards were a really useful tool that helped me to explain my methods to a mixed audience” – Chloe Morris
Well done Chloe, we look forward to seeing more of your research in the future.
You may know it as Humber in a Box but because we have big plans for the application we are changing the name to TideBox Beta. Whatever the name, TideBox has come from very humble beginnings.
VR view of TideBox Beta
It all began in the first couple of weeks of my first job after my thesis submission. I was working as a part-time Research Assistant for a project called Dynamic Humber, and my job was to use the CAESAR-Lisflood model to simulate long-term development of the Humber Estuary.
This was half a year before the storm surge of December 5th 2013 and flooding was not on the radar for the research programme – instead we were trying to crack modelling the sediment processes in the Estuary. The model is designed for rivers primarily, so needed to be adapted and tested for use in tidal conditions. I was continuing the work of Jorge Ramirez, and even now this work is ongoing with PhD candidate Chloe Morris leading the charge.
I was asked to present the Dynamic Humber project to the public at the Hull Science Showcase, the forerunner of the massively popular Hull Science Festival. I had no experience of science outreach at all, and only two weeks in the job – with the help of my colleague Sally Little (we were the Dynamic (Humber) Duo), we produced a poster and a short video detailing the programme. They were bad and a great example of how not to do public engagement.
Recently though, the “On This Day” feature on Facebook did trawl up a long forgotten memory for me – part of the video featured an ArcGIS fly through of the Humber Estuary data we were using for the model, including the Humber Bridge towers (very much not to scale). It took a few attempts to fly between the towers! I guess this was the initial inception of what would become Humber in a Box, and hopefully TideBox.
We’ve recently made a small update to the Living Manual for Flash Flood! Desktop, providing a brief description and background to the July 17th 2007 flash flood from intense rainfall event at Thinhope Burn. Included is a map of the area, hyetographs of the event, before and after Google Earth images, plus a description of landscape sensitivity theory. All this information will be very useful if you plan on using Flash Flood! in your classroom.
We’ve also made is simpler to download the software, please follow these steps –
Register yourself by emailing us at email@example.com providing us your name, where you are (company/institution/school etc) and how you intend to use the software.
You will be sent a link to a OneDrive folder
Download the “setup.exe” file
Double-click the downloaded file and follow the installation
Don’t forget to give us your feedback – we greatly appreciate your thoughts
The Geographical Association Annual Meeting 2016, Manchester
Lynda Yorke and Chris Skinner on the stand for the British Society for Geomorphology
In other news, we were very pleased to support the British Society for Geomorphology with their stand at the annual meeting of the Geographical Association. We got to show the software to lots of teachers, demonstrating the importance of Geomorphology to flooding. Many expressed interest in using the software, and you can get hold of it following the steps above.