School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP)
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK
+44 (0)28 9097 3929
Power-law frequency magnitude relationships of discharge in Irish Rivers
For many years frequency-magnitude relationships (FMR) have been a staple tool to all geomorphologists not least to those with an interest in river dynamics. In recent years fresh ideas have allowed geomorphologists to look at these relationships in a new light. Work on self-organised criticality and the apparent ubiquitous nature of the power-law (Bak, 1997) has allowed new inferences about the landscape to be made and suggested that certain systems may have a common dynamic which may not be immediately obvious. The aim of this study is therefore two-fold. Firstly I aim to ascertain the extent to which daily discharge can be accurately and reliably plotted using a power-law distribution. I then hope to link river discharge to the wider body of knowledge of Self-organised criticality (SOC). This feeds directly into to my second main aim which is to provide river managers with a better understanding of the river system from a holistic viewpoint.
Eadie, C and Favis-Mortlock, D(2006) Power-laws in Irish rivers. Geography Review 20(2) 33-39
I undertook my undergraduate degree at Queen’s University graduating in 2004. I was selected as a runner-up for the Estyn Evans award for best dissertation in Geography.
I am currently in the fourth year of my PhD which I am doing Part-Time.
During the day, in the real world, I work for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection directorate. The main duties of my job involve regulating Waste sites, such as Landfills and Scrap Yards, ensuring the operator limits any pollution.
Spare timeIn my limited spare time I play a lot of bowls and recently joined the Professional Bowls Tour. I have been capped for Ireland at junior level indoor and outdoor and was named team captain in 2006. The same year I competed in the World Junior Singles in Guernsey.