Prof Kyungrock Paik Lecture



The Inevitable Patterns of Rivers, Landscapes, and People

A public lecture by Dr Kyungrock Paik, Associate Professor School of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, Korea University and 2016 UWA Gledden Short Stay Fellow

Rivers, landscapes and people are deeply connected. Landscapes continuously evolve their form over time, albeit at a seemingly slow pace, with rivers emerging as self-organized features of a multitude of physical and biological processes. Despite the opportunity for uniqueness, rivers display ubiquitous patterns globally. It is postulated that landscape evolution has been significantly accelerated since humans appeared in the geological history. People have adapted to landscapes and rivers and actively change the environment. Perhaps surprisingly, given our technological capabilities, the macro-scale patterns of people in river landscapes appear to be ubiquitous. The knowledge scientists have obtained in recent years pose important questions: In which direction does the human-landscape system evolve? What is a sustainable way of landscape utilization given increasing population and resource consumption? Understanding our place in fluvial landscapes can help us move towards answering these questions.

Dr Paik received Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (Civil Engineering) in 1995 and 2001, respectively, from Korea University. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2006 he was appointed as a Lecturer at the School of Environmental Systems Engineering, at The University of Western Australia. He moved to Korea University in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering. 

Dr Paik is a 2016 UWA Gledden Short Stay Fellow.