Debris flows and landslides are destructive hazards that pose a threat to human life and infrastructure in steep and especially burned terrain. Wildfire enhances both water runoff and soil erosion, which ultimately shape the debris flow potential. USGS research scientist Francis Rengers studies these events, which can range from modest slumps to massive slope collapses, like the 2014 West Salt Creek landslide near Collbran, CO, and the 2018 mudflows in Southern California responsible for 23 deaths. Rengers will explain the physics of debris flows: how slope, moisture and vegetation contribute to these sudden, dangerous events.
Francis Rengers is a research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, CO. Dr. Rengers is part of the Natural Hazards Mission Area of the USGS and works within the Landslide hazards program. He obtained a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 where his research focused on rapidly eroding landscapes and wildfire areas. This work in wildfire led to a National Science Foundation scholarship to work with researchers at the University of Melbourne, and then a position as a post-doctoral fellow at the USGS. Dr. Rengers currently studies post-wildfire debris flows, and uses a combination of field measurements and computer modeling to better understand debris-flow hazards.
Science on Tap is a monthly opportunity for science enthusiasts and beer lovers to come together and discover the latest and greatest research in science and technology that is happening right here on the Front Range. Presented by Gunbarrel Brewing Company, local scientists across a variety of disciplines present their work in a fun, informal, and interactive setting while enjoying some of Boulder’s finest craft beers. You can expect plenty of beer to be flowing, a 30-40 minute presentation with intermission followed by discussion and Q&A.
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