Experimental Sedimentology Laboratory

The UCSB Experimental Sedimentology Laboratory is a stand-alone, 3200 sq. ft. industrial building designed to facilitate physical experiments to study the morphodynamics of subaqueous bed forms and river deltas. The lab is located on the Devereux campus (West Campus of UCSB), and is about ~2 miles from the Ellison Hall where the Department of Geography is housed, and a short 5-minute walk from the picturesque Sands Beach.

The state-of-the-art flume allows us to study fluvial processes and their depositional products. The flume is 15 m long, 2 m wide, and 1 m deep. It is capable of recirculating water and sediment, and equipped with instruments to make high-resolution measurements of evolving bed topography, river hydrodynamics, and sediment fluxes. The flume is setup to perform river dune evolution experiments, river delta experiments, basin experiments, and combined flow experiments.

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Getting to the lab

The Experimental Sedimentology Laboratory is less than 15 min bike ride from the Ellison Hall, and easily accessible via public transport from the UCSB Bus Loop.