The Science of Scenery. How geomorphology can help Asia cope with its environmental challenges – by David Higgitt
Geomorphology can be regarded as the ‘Science of Scenery’. It seeks to explain how landscapes develop over time, the operation of earth surface processes such as erosion, landsliding and river flows, and the interactions between these processes and the landscape … The link between scientific research and environmental policy, however, is far from automatic. One of the key themes of the conference [Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Kota Kinabalu, 2007 – ed.] was ‘Communicating Geomorphology’, which explored how field scientists can integrate their research with a wider body of knowledge about the environment, discuss ideas with stakeholders and explain the significance of their research findings to a wider audience.