Aeolian anecdotes: from Africa to Australia

Grant McTainsh
Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

It has been exciting being a dusty aeolian geomorphologist over the past 40 years. I have had the privilege of experiencing the “entrainment” of aeolian dust as a discrete research area. This explosion of knowledge of; dust entrainment, transport and deposition processes and their environmental impacts, has been nothing less than exhilarating.

In this talk I will briefly provide my take on how the Australian dust story has emerged. In telling this story I will relate a series of anecdotes from my research experience and comment on the research “lessons” that I’ve learned. This talk is therefore not only about WHAT research knowledge has emerged over the past 40 years (you’ll be getting a lot of this during the conference), but about HOW this research knowledge has emerged. I hope these “lessons” might be of interest to early and mid-career researchers, even though the world (and the university world in particular) has change so much in this time. The story starts in West Africa and ends (or should I say continues) in Australia.