First time-lapse monitoring of fjord-deltas using new technology

Kate Heerema | Uni Durham


Submarine gravity currents are one of the most important processes of moving sediments across our planet. However, direct monitoring of these flows has proven difficult due to their inaccessible, unpredictable and destructive nature. My research at Durham University utilises one of the first ever direct and detailed monitoring data of these underwater flows. There are two different test sites:

  • Bute Inlet, Canada
  • Monterey Canyon, USA.


Multiple moorings with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) were deployed for 6 months at Bute Inlet, and for 18 months in total in Monterey. Using Matlab, the ADCP data is analysed by looking at front flow properties, flow velocities, and flow intensity. This data is compared to internal and external flow parameters. 

In addition, this research will include analysis of sediment cores obtained in Bute Inlet, and flow modelling at NGI, Oslo.


Kate Heerema
UNI Durham
PhD student – ESR 5
Peter Talling
UNI Durham
Principal Investigator – ESR 5


Kate’s 4-month secondment at NGI, Oslo
ESR 5, News, Secondments | 2019-07-26

Kate’s blog on her 4-month secondment in Oslo. Learn more about numerical modelling of turbidity currents; work at NGI and life in Norway!

Impressions from the EGU 2019
@ Vienna, Austria (07 – 12 April 2019)

Conferences, ESR 1, ESR 12, ESR 13, ESR 14, ESR 15, ESR 2, ESR 3, ESR 4, ESR 5, ESR 6, ESR 7, ESR 8, ESR 9, News | 2019-07-23

ESRs share their experience at the EGU General Assembly 2019 hosted in Vienna, Austria. Posters, oral presentations, PICOs and much more.

ESRs’ experiences of the BSRG2018
@ Edinburgh, Scotland (18-19 Dec 2018)

Conferences, ESR 10, ESR 5, ESR 9, News | 2019-01-24

Kate (ESR5), Ricarda (ESR9) and Maarten (ESR10) participated at the British Sedimentological Research Group Annual Group Meeting (BSRG AGM 2018), which was held the 19th and 20th of December 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Read about their experiences of this conference here!