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Evolution of the lower Manawatu valley

Dr Alastair Clement, Massey University

RSNZ Manawatu Branch March 2014 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

The Manawatu region features outstanding geomorphology produced by a broad range of processes. In this talk, Alastair Clement will take us on a tour of the landforms of the lower Manawatu valley discussing the formation and evolution of the landscape, from the features we can see today, to those that we might not know exist because they’ve been eroded or buried.  Alastair will draw from published and unpublished research, including his PhD which investigated how the lover valley evolved over the past 10,000 years in response to sea-level changes.

Alastair Clement is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Massey University. Alastair completed his PhD at Massey in 2011, looking at the evolution of the lower Manawatu valley. Most recently Alastair has been collaborating with colleagues from New Zealand, Australia, and the UK working to refine our understanding of how sea levels changed around New Zealand during the late Quaternary.

All warmly welcome


Cow Sensors in Environmental Research

Keith Betteridge, AgResearch

RSNZ Manawatu February 2014 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 February 2014, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Mr Keith Betteridge of AgResearch Grasslands will give a presentation on nitrogen leaching issues in New Zealand and how this led to the development of a cow urine sensor. The sensor quantifies urine volume and urinary nitrogen concentration of grazing animals. He will then give a brief outline of an animal collar that is under development. This collar will enable some cows in the herd to measure pasture biomass and report data via cloud computing back to the farmer’s smart phone in near-real time. Both the urine sensor and the cow collar will assist farmers in managing their enterprise for improved efficiency and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

All warmly welcome