The Social Life of Sediment
- Image: The Ganges River Delta, 1994. NASA.
Giacomo Parrinello and the team of the project SHIFTING SHORES have just published "the Social Life of Sediment", a special issue of the journal Water History and a major milestone of the project. The special issue has been prepared by a workshop at UC Berkeley in May 2019, and collects a selection of eight papers that were originally presented there.
The issue includes two open access papers. First, the introduction to the issue, by Giacomo Parrinello and G Mathias Kondolf, professor of fluvial geomorphology at UC Berkeley, which explains why sediment matter to history and society, review literature on the topic in multiple disciplines as well as the papers of the issue , and presents the concept of “the social life of sediment.” Second, an interdisciplinary history of the Po River delta and its larger basin from the viewpoint of sediment over the twentieth century, written by Giacomo Parrinello with Simone Bizzi and Nicola Surian two geomorphologists from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padua who collaborates with SHIFTING SHORES.