Kristen Cook, Jens Turowski and Niels Hovius did receive the Kirk Bryan Award last Sunday, 22 September. The award is presented annually by the American Geological Society of America (GSA) to honour "outstanding contributions in the interdisciplinary field of Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology". The award recognizes the team's publication "River gorge eradication by downstream sweep erosion", which was published in Nature Geoscience in 2014. In their study, the three researchers of the GFZ’s Geomorphology Section described a previously unknown mechanism of river erosion: "downstream sweep erosion".
The Kirk Bryan Award has been presented by the GSA since 1958 and is the prize of the Division of Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology within the GSA. It is named after the US geologist and geomorphologist Kirk Bryan (1888-1950), who researched and taught at Harvard until his death. This year's award ceremony will take place at the GSA's annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.(jz)
- Cook, K., Turowski, J., Hovius, N., 2014. River gorge eradication by downstream sweep erosion. Nature Geoscience 7 (682-686). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2224