IAG Working Groups 2017-2021

With reference to IAG Working Groups 2017-2021, resolutions of the IAG Council held in New Delhi on 10 November 2017 concerning new and continuing WGs are that:

NEW WORKING GROUPS HAVE BEEN APPROVED: 

  • IGU-IAG Commission/Working Group: Anthropocene Geomorphology: Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology and Society Both IAG and IGU earlier groups will participate.

 

  • Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones (DENUCHANGE) Promoter: Achim BEYLICH (Norway).

 

  • Advancing theory and modeling of river systems – Promoters: Heqing Huang (China), Paul Carling (UK), Ian Rutherfurd (Australia).

CONTINUING WORKING GROUPS HAVE BEEN APPROVED: 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Geomorphosites – Chairs: Paola Coratza (Italy) and Fabien Hoblea (France)

 

 

 

 

 

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IAG regional and international conferences 2017-2021

With reference to IAG regional and international conferences 2017-2021, resolutions of the IAG Council held in New Delhi on 10 November 2017 are that:

  • The 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (10th ICG) will be held in Portugal (a Special Portfolio was assigned to Prof.Lucio CUNHA for the organization of this event)

 

  • A first IAG Regional Conference will be held in Greece in 2019 (a Special Portfolio was assigned to Prof. Konstantinos VOUVALIDIS for the organization of this event)

 

  • A second IAG Regional Conference will be held in Iran in 2020 (a Special Portfolio was assigned to Dr.Adel SEPEHR for the organization of this event)

 

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IAG Executive Committee 2017-2021

The following Executive Committee of the IAG/AIG was elected at the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology in New Delhi for the period 2017-2021: 
President: Prof. Mauro SOLDATI (Italy)
Vice-President: Dr. Susan CONWAY (UK) – Communication, co-operation, outreach
Vice-President: Prof. Sunil Kumar DE (India) –Working Groups
Vice-President: Prof. Francisco GUTIERREZ (Spain) – National Scientific Members
Secretary General: Dr. Mihai MICU (Romania)
Treasurer: Prof. EMMANUEL REYNARD (Switzerland)
Publications Officer: Prof. Kosmas PAVLOPOULOS (Greece)
Co-opted members: Dr. MARTA DELLA SETA (Italy) – Training Programme

Prof. Takashi OGUCHI, Japan – Contacts Asian and Pacific countries

Prof. PIOTR MIGOŃ (Poland) – IAG roots and history

Dr. Ghislain ZANGMO TEFOGOUM (Cameroon) – Contacts African countries

two more to be nominated

 Special Portfolio members:

Prof. Lucio CUNHA (Portugal) – Portugal Int. Conference

Dr. Adel SEPEHR (Iran) – Iran Reg. Conference

Prof. Konstantinos VOUVALIDIS (Greece) – Greece Reg. Conference

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Reports by Grant Holders – IAG GRANTS for BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop, Windsor, UK, 4-8 December 2017

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) offered 2 grants of 300 (three-hundred) Euros to PhD STUDENTS in GEOMORHOLOGY from EUROPE (except UK) who were willing to take part in the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 4-8 December 2017).

For further information on the Workshop, please visit the BSG website at:

http://geomorphology.org.uk/workshops/windsor-postgraduate-workshop-2017

The selection of candidates has been carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG.

11 eligible applications were received for the grants available.

 

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following candidates:

– Anne-Laure ARGENTIN (France) | REPORT
– Mario Valiante (Italy) | REPORT

 

Marta Della Seta
Training Officer
marta.dellaseta@uniroma1.it

 

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9th International Conference on Geomorphology – New Delhi, India – November 6-11, 2017

news– IAG GRANTS FOR 9th ICG–news

23 Young Geomorphologists from 10 less-favoured countries worldwide will be granted, which is a great achievement for the IAG. These Young Geomorphologists come from Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq and Mexico.

All the IAG-grants holders will take part in the post-conference IAG-EGU Intensive Course, also thanks to the funding of 3000 euros that we will receive from the EGU.

Among the IAG-grant holders the GFG (French Geomorphology Group) will indicate the Tricart Scholar 2017IAG would like to recall that the GFG supported the IAG grant programme offering 1500 euros.

In addition, 2 Early career researchers (from Germany and Costa Rica) will be granted in the frame of the IPA-IAG Agreement (IAG will offer free registration in the Conference and Intensive Course and IPA will provide a budget of 300 euros).

IAG was able to offer free registration in the 9th ICG to the granted Young Geomorphologists thanks to the outstanding efforts made by Prof. Sunil Kumar De and the Conference Organizers (only one YG will not receive free registration, but this was his choice).

The Conference Organizing Committee and Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI), on behalf of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG), have the pleasure in inviting you to participate in the scientific, social and tour programme in the Ninth International Conference on Geomorphology (9th ICG), New Delhi, INDIA. The Conference will take place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India during November 6-11, 2017.

The main theme of this Conference is “Geomorphology and Society” and will include scientific sessions, keynote lectures and a Workshop devoted to Young Geomorphologists.

Field trips will be arranged in various parts of India and neighboring countries, before, during and after the Conference.

For more details about the Conference please visit: http://www.icg2017.com

First Circular

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Aaron Micallef, Sebastian Krastel, Alessandra Savini (Eds.): SUBMARINE GEOMORPHOLOGY

The final version of the edited book Submarine Geomorphology, is now available online and in print from Springer.

 

The Editors Aaron Micallef, Sebastian Krastel and Alessandra Savini would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this book.

 

The book will be officially launched at the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology, taking place in New Delhi in November.

This book on the current state of knowledge of submarine geomorphology aims to achieve the goals of the Submarine Geomorphology working group, set up in 2013, by establishing submarine geomorphology as a field of research, disseminating its concepts and techniques among earth scientists and professionals, and encouraging students to develop their skills and knowledge in this field.
Editors have invited 30 experts from around the world to contribute chapters to this book, which is divided into 4 sections – (i) Introduction & history, (ii) Data & methods, (ii) Submarine landforms & processes and (iv) Conclusions & future directions. Each chapter provides a review of a topic, establishes the state-of-the-art, identifies the key research questions that need to be addressed, and delineates a strategy on how to achieve this.
Submarine geomorphology is a priority for many research institutions, government authorities and industries globally. The book is useful for undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals with limited training in this field.

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IAG ELECTIONS in New Delhi: message from the General Secretary

Dear fellow Geomorphologists, Executives of the National Scientific Members,
 
Please find herewith the candidatures for the new IAG-EC and the proposal for the International and Regional Conferences of the IAG/AIG, to be elected by the IAG-Council at the occasion of the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology in New Delhi, India in November, 2017:
 
Vacancies
Name of the Candidates
Country
 
 
 
President  ( 1 Post)
1.      Prof. Mauro Soldati
Italy
 
2.      Prof. Xiaoping Yang
China
 
 
 
Vice Presidents (3 Posts)
1.      Prof. Sunil Kumar De
India
 
2.      Prof. Francisco Gutierrez
Spain
 
3.      Prof. Susan Conway
UK
 
 
 
Secretary General (1 Post)
1.       Prof. Mihai Micu
Romania
 
 
 
Treasurer (1 Post)
1.      Prof. Emmanuel Reynard
Switzerland
 
 
 
Publication Officer (1 Post)
1.      Prof. Kosmas Pavlopoulos
Greece
 
              PROPOSALS FOR NEXT CONFERENCES 
                 – International Conference 2021: PORTUGAL
 
                 – Regional Conference 2019: GREECE and IRAN
 
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING:
Voting will take place during the Council Meetings, the agendas of which will be send in due time. 
However, according to the IAG-Constitution, any member country that will not be present for a vote in person may submit its views and vote in advance by mail (deadline: October, 31, 2017). In this case that member country will be regarded as being present for the purposes of the quorum for the vote. The ballot paper will be send by email by the second week of October, 2017.
 
The candidatures will be presented during the First Council Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 07/11/2017 (16:30 – 19:00), the election itself will take place during the Second Council Meeting on Friday 10/11/2017 (16:30 – 19:00).
 
May I draw your attention on following stipulations of the IAG-Constitution:
1. “Continuous record of payment of membership fees (or presentation of a report for some countries) is necessary to acquire full voting rights”,
2. “the Council shall consist of the voting representative of each National Scientific Member or their Authorized deputy (= National Delegate)”.
 
Make sure you fulfill both conditions:
1. by checking your financial/report status with the Treasurer (Morgan De Dapper
IAG-Treasurer <morgan.dedapper@UGent.be>),
2. by confirming/changing/completing the attached provisional list of National Delegates and sending it not later than September 30, 2017 to the Secretary (Sunil Kumar De <desunil@yahoo.com>).
 
Deadlines to respect:
September 30, 2017: communication of National Delegates.
October 31, 2017:  votes by mail in advance.
Looking forward to meet you in Delhi, India.
 
Kindest regards,
 
Sunil Kumar De
IAG/AIG- Secretary General 
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2nd CIRCULAR for 11th Workshop of the IAG/AIG SEDIBUD Working Group – Baru (Hunedoara County, Romania), 5-8 September 2017

Overview

Changing climate and vegetation cover influence sediment dynamics and budgets in high latitude and high altitude cold environments. Interdisciplinary research involving various scientific fields is needed, to better understand the spatio-temporal patterns of geomorphic process activity operating under climate change and varying vegetation cover conditions in the wide range of cold climate environments worldwide.

The 11th IAG/AIG SEDIBUD (Sediment budgets in Cold Environments) Workshop “Relationships between climate change, vegetation cover and sediment fluxes in high latitude/high altitude cold environments” will offer an opportunity for participants to discuss the effectiveness of geomorphic processes under past and present-day climate conditions, by focusing on the complex interactions between the erosional, sediment transfer and depositional processes and the varying vegetation cover. The workshop will be held between 5 – 8 September, 2017 at the Research Station of the Babeş-Bolyai University (UBB), located in Baru, Hunedoara County, Romania.

A one-day field trip will be organized in Parâng Mountains (Southern Carpathians), during which the participants will be presented the morphoclimatic context of the Carpathians alpine areas. Several study sites with past and present-day geomorphic process activity (rockfalls, rock avalanches, debris flows, snow-avalanches, periglacial activity etc.) and the associated landforms will be visited during the field-trip day.

For further information on the Workshop, please visit the IAG SEDIBUD Working Group webpage http://www.geomorph.org/sedibud-working-group/

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IAG Regional Conference 2015 – IJGE Special ISSUE: Geomorphological Hazards: Past and Present

The International Association of Geomorphologists held its 2015 Regional Conference at Barnaul in southern Siberia. A number of participants determined to share their common interest in geohazards by collecting a coherent set of papers around the theme of “geomorphological hazards: past and present”.

IJGE 3(2) Cover

A Special Issue was published in International Journal of Geohazards and Environment, Vol 2, No 3 (2016), entitled:
Geomorphological Hazards: Past and Present
TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL

Geomorphological Hazards: Past and Present – Introduction to the Special Issue

Olav Slaymaker, Andrei Panin, Mihai Micu, Sunil Kumar De

pp. 90-91

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STATE-OF-THE-ART REVIEWS

A Review of Three Significant Geohazards in the Canadian Cordillera: the Case of River Floods, Debris Flows/Floods, and Debris/Rock Avalanches

Olav Slaymaker

pp. 92-103

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ARTICLES

Quantitative Estimations of the Holocene Erosion due to Seismically Induced Landslides in the SE Altai (Russia)Applying Detailed Profiling and Statistical Approaches

Roman Nepop, Anna Agatova

pp. 104-118

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Geophysical Investigation and Management Plan of a Shallow Landslide along the NH-44 in Atharamura Hill, Tripura, India

Kapil Ghosh, Shreya Bandyopadhyay, Sunil Kumar De

pp. 119-130

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Dating Strong Prehistoric Earthquakes and Estimating Their Recurrence  Interval Applying Radiocarbon Analysis and Dendroseismological Approach – Case Study from SE Altai (Russia)

Anna Agatova, Roman Nepop

pp. 131-149

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TECHNICAL NOTES

The Role of Catastrophic Floods Generated by Collapse of Natural Dams Since the Neolithic in the Oases of Bukhara and Qaraqöl: Preliminary Results

Eric Fouache, Rocco Rante, Djamal Mirzaakhmedov, Rachid Ragala, Malvina Dupays, Claude Vella, Jules Fleury, Valerie Andrieu-Ponnel, Antoine Zink, Elisa Porto, Frédérique Brunet, Lucie Cez

pp. 150-165

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Debris Flows of the Tunkinsky Goltsy Mountains (Tunkinsky District, Republic of Buryatia in Eastern Siberia)

Stanislav Makarov, Anna Cherkashina, Zhanna Atutova, Aleksandr Bardash, Nadezhda Voropai, Natalija Kichigina, Boris Mutin, Olga Osipova, Natalija Ukhova

pp. 166-179

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Modern and Late Holocene Flash Floods in the Silesian Upland (Southern Poland) Detected from Transformation of Periglacial Valleys: Case Study near Kromołów

Tomasz Kalicki, Artur Zieliński, Paweł Przepióra, Sławomir Chwałek, Marcin Frączek, Edyta Kłusakiewicz, Ireneusz Olszak, Łukasz Podrzycki

pp. 180-189

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The Role of Catastrophic Events in Slope Transformation of the Forecarpathians During the Subboreal-Subatlantic: A Case Study of the Archaeological Site Brzezie 26 Near Cracow (Southern Poland)

Tomasz Kalicki, Radosław Czerniak

pp.190-207

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IPA-IAG Agreement – Early Career Researcher Conference Travel Grants For 9th International Conference on Geomorphology – New Delhi, India, 6-11 November 2017

According to the recently established IPA-IAG Agreement, the International Permafrost Association (IPA) offered 2 travel grants of 300 euros to Early Career Researchers to take part in the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (ICG2017) on “Geomorphology and society” (New Delhi, India, November 2017). The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) will cover the costs for Registration Fee to the grant winners.

The grants are devoted to support the active participation (oral or poster presentation) of 2 early career researchers* whose interests intersect with those of the two associations, generally in the area of glacial and periglacial research.

The submission and acceptance of an abstract and the active participation in the conference (with oral or poster presentation) are mandatory to receive this support. Early career researchers based in the organizing country for the international conference were not eligible for this support.

The selection of candidates has been carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG and IPA Executive Committees.

10 applications were received, among which 6 eligible for the grants available.

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following candidates:

Karoline MESSENZEHL (Germany)
Adolfo QUESADA-ROMAN (Costa Rica)

 

The Conference on Geomorphology will take place in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan. Organized by the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists and open to all scientists and practitioners, it will include scientific sessions, keynote lectures as well as a special Session and an Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists dealing with ‘Geomorphology Field Training in tectonically active mountain regions’, co-sponsored by the European Geosceinces Union (EGU). Field trips will be arranged in various parts of India and neighbouring countries, before, during and after the Conference.

For further information on the Conference, please visit the IAG/AIG website http://www.geomorph.org/ and the Conference website http://www.icg2017.com

Hanne Christiansen

IPA President

Mauro Soldati

*An early career researcher is defined as an individual currently enrolled as a student in a post-secondary institution or having completed their most recent post-secondary degree within the last six years and not holding a tenure-track or tenured professorial appointment.

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Reports by Grant Holders – IAG GRANTS for 11th Workshop of the IAG/AIG SEDIBUD Working Group – Baru (Hunedoara County, Romania), 5-8 September 2017

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 2 grants of 250 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists (under 35 years old) worldwide (except Romania) in the Workshop organized by the IAG SEDIBUD (Sediment Budgets in Cold Environments) Working Group on the “Relationships between climate change, vegetation cover and sediment fluxes in high latitude/high altitude cold environments.

The 11th IAG/AIG SEDIBUD (Sediment budgets in Cold Environments) Workshop was held on 5-8 September 2017 at the Research Base of the Babeş-Bolyai University (UBB), located in Baru (Hunedoara County, Romania). It brought together researchers from various scientific fields with special interest and studies concerning the sediment transfer processes and budgets under changing climate and vegetation cover conditions in high latitude/high altitude cold environments worldwide.

A one-day field trip was organized in Parâng Mountains (Southern Carpathians), aiming at introducing the participants within the morphoclimatic context of the alpine areas in Carpathians. Several sites with past and contemporary geomorphic process activity (rock falls, rock avalanches, debris flows, snow avalanches, periglacial activity etc.). The participants got also an overview of the complex interactions between the sediment transfer processes and the mountain ecosystems (alpine meadows, subalpine shrubs and coniferous forests).

For further information on the Workshop, please visit the IAG SEDIBUD Working Group webpage http://www.geomorph.org/sedibud-working-group/

The selection of candidates was carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee.

4 eligible applications were received for the grants available.

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following candidates:

 

David KRAUSE (Czech Republic) | REPORT

Sonya STOYANOVA (Bulgaria) | REPORT

Mauro Soldati

IAG Vice-President and Training Officer

soldati@unimore.it

 

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Reports by Grant Holders – IAG GRANTS for 9th International Conference on Geomorphology – New Delhi, India, 6-11 November 2017

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) offered a number of grants for YOUNG GEOMORPHOLOGISTS (under 35 yrs old)  to take part in the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (New Delhi, India, 6-11 November 2017) and related Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists (Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehra Dun, India, 12-17 November 2017).

The grants are offered to Young Geomorphologists from less-favoured countries worldwide (with a Purchasing Power Parity below 21,000 international dollars, according to the World Development Indicators database, World Bank, revised 11 October 2016).

The funds allocated are 15,000 euros from the IAG/AIG plus 3,000 euros from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and 1,500 euros from the French Geomorphology Group (GFG). In recognition of the outstanding research carried out by the French geomorphologist Jean Tricart (1920-2003) in Latin America, Africa and Asia, one of the grant holders from these regions will be designated as the Tricart Scholar.

The Conference on Geomorphology will take place in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan. Organized by the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists and open to all scientists and practitioners, it will include scientific sessions, keynote lectures as well as a special Session and an Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists dealing with ‘Geomorphology Field Training in tectonically active mountain regions, co-sponsored by the EGU. Field trips will be arranged in various parts of India and neighbouring countries, before, during and after the Conference.

For further information on the Conference, please visit the IAG/AIG website http://www.geomorph.org/ and the Conference website http://www.icg2017.com

 

The selection of candidates was carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG/AIG Executive Committee, and priority was given to applicants who intend to participate in the Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists.

 

73 applications were received, among which 62 eligible for the grants available.

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following 23 candidates:

 

-Fabio ALVES (Brazil) | REPORT

-Awara Ibrahim M.AMIN (Iraq) | REPORT

-Shreya BANDYOPADHYAY (India) | REPORT

-Sujay BANDYOPADHYAY (India) | REPORT

-Edipo Henrique CREMON (Brazil) | REPORT

-Sayantan DAS (India) | REPORT

-Daniel DE SOUZA (Brazil) | REPORT

-Fabiano DO NASCIMENTO PUPIM (Brazil) | REPORT

-Swakangkha GHOSH (India) | REPORT

-Hadi KARIMI (Iran) | REPORT

-Hongwei LI (China) | REPORT

-Nigus Demelash MELAKU (Ethiopia)

-Mathieu MOMO NOUAZI (Cameroon) | REPORT

-Otavio MONTANHER (Brazil) | REPORT

-Alejandro MONTES (Argentina) | REPORT

-Eduardo MORAIS (Brazil) | REPORT

-Bachtiar Wahyu MUTAQIN (Indonesia) | REPORT

-Daniel PEIFER BEZERRA (Brazil) | REPORT

-Maryam RAHMATI (Iran) | REPORT

-Noemi Sharon RUIZ-CORTES (Mexico) | REPORT

-Sourav SAHA (India) | REPORT

-Guruh SAMODRA (Indonesia)

-Ghislain ZANGMO TEFOGOUM (Cameroon) | REPORT

waiting list (which will be used only in case of any grant-holders’ declination):

1) ROY Suvendu Guruh (India)

2) LIANG Peng (China)

3) ALMEIDA DE OLIVEIRA Sarah (Brazil)

4) OLUWAFEMI Olawale Ayodeji (Nigeria)

5) SILVA MARTINS NAZAR Thallita Isabela (Brazil)

 

The grant budgets have been negotiated and agreed with each of the awardees and mainly depend on the expected travel expenses and the co-funding they were able to collect. As per IAG tradition, the grants will be delivered cash directly at the Conference venue

The IAG-grants holders are warmly invited to participate in the IAG First General Assembly to be held at the Conference Venue on 7 November (8.30-10.00).
IAG/AIG Vice-President and Training Officer
Mauro Soldati

 

 

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Shreya Bandyopadhyay & Sunil Kumar De: HUMAN INTERFERENCE ON RIVER HEALTH

Human Interference on River Health

A Study on the Haora River, Tripura, India

 

Authors:  Bandyopadhyay, Shreya; De, Sunil Kumar

 

Springer

 

BOOK FLYER

 

This book examines in detail the health of India’s Haora River, which is of vital importance as the lifeline of Agartala, the Capital City of Tripura. From its source in the Baramura Hills, the river debouches onto the rolling plains of Chandrasadhubari. Thousands of people between Chandrasadhubari and the boundary of Bangladesh have settled along the riverbanks and are directly dependent on the river.

Since the 1970s the ever-growing population of the Haora River basin has been exerting tremendous pressure on the river. Several anthropogenic activities affect the river, increasing sedimentation and pollution, and are leading the Haora River toward its dying phase.
This book presents the problems related to the overall health of the Haora River and discusses some proposals for restoring the ecological balance and geo-political stability of this strategically important part of the country.

Highlights of the book:

  • Introduces the importance of river health in India
  • Includes proposed methods of bank erosion hazard zonation
  • Examines anthropogenic influences on the fluvial environment

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Conference Communicating Geoparks: How local involvement makes a better tomorrow possible? Inaugural conference of Taiwan International Geopark Symposium Taipei, Taiwan, 29 September-3 October, 2017

The purpose of this inaugural Taiwan International Geopark Symposium (TIGS) is to promote geoparks through a wide range of bottom-­‐up mechanism and processes. In particular oral presentations and posters related to the following themes, are welcome:

1. Geo-conservation and conservation techniques

2. Geo‐Hazards and hazard mitigation

3. Geo­‐education and interpretation programs

4. Geo­‐tourism, bringing policy in to practice

5. Geo­‐Communal endeavors and societal changes

 

Deadline for abstract submission is February 17, 2017

 1st Circular

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International Conference on “Managing Mediterranean Mountain Geoheritage” – Manteigas, Central Portugal, 6-7 May 2017

The conference includes a full-day with oral and poster communications, and key-note lectures and one-day field trip in the Serra da Estrela Aspiring Geopark.

Oral and poster presentations on Mediterranean mountains on the following topics, are welcome:

– Geoheritage as a catalyser of scientific research;

– Advances in geoheritage: research and applications;

– Good practices on managing geoheritage;

– Innovation in mountain tourism and sustainability;

– Geotourism: success stories;

– Promoting endogenous products;

– Empowering women;

– Education and outreach in the geosciences.

 

Deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2017

 

For more information, check: http://www.geoparkestrela.pt/3mg

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IAG GRANTS for BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop, Windsor, UK, 5-8 December 2016

The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) offered 2 grants of 250 (two-hundred-fifty) Euros to PhD STUDENTS in GEOMORHOLOGY from EUROPE (except UK) to take part in the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 5-8 December 2016).

For further information on the Workshop, please visit the BSG website at:

http://www.geomorphology.org.uk/workshops/windsor-workshop

The selection of candidates has been carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG.

4 eligible applications were received for the grants available.

 

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following candidates:

Gabriele AMATO (Italy) | REPORT
Vittoria VANDELLI (Italy) | REPORT

 

Mauro Soldati
IAG Vice-President and Training Officer
soldati@unimore.it

 

Prof. Mauro Soldati

IAG Vice-President and Training Officer

 

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EGU Alexander von Humboldt Medal 2016 to JEAN W. A. POESEN

The EGU 2016 Alexander von Humboldt Medal is awarded to Jean W. A. Poesen for exceptionally significant work in developing regions in providing superb scientific expertise in managing pressures on land originating from producing food and fuel for growing populations.

From the EGU medals 2016 webpage:

The Alexander von Humboldt Medal awards scientists with exceptional international standing who have performed research in developing regions for the benefit of people and society. Jean Poesen of KU Leuven, Belgium, personifies these criteria superbly. He has dedicated much of his career to capacity building of soil scientists from developing countries. Although his early work addressing the management of nutrient and soil loss from agricultural watersheds focused on erosion on the highly erodible Belgian loess, it soon expanded into many other areas of Europe, Africa and South America. The scientific research work of Poesen in northern Ethiopia, Uganda, Ecuador, Tanzania and elsewhere – carried out with many local young scientists – is unrivalled and has led to many landmark papers. In one widely cited paper published more than a decade ago, he recognised the need to put more emphasis on loss of soil by gullies compared to sheet and rill erosion and formulated an action plan to start this research. His impressive scientific expertise has greatly helped many developing countries to manage the pressure on land and soil to produce food, fuel and fibre for rapidly growing populations. In this context, Poesen pioneered outreach in a cooperative mode, helping to adopt local practice and working jointly with stakeholders on feasible and sustainable solutions. He has truly become a gifted ambassador for translating research results into practice, producing benefits for local communities. The services of Poesen to the scientific community are varied. They include being chief editor of Catena, member of the editorial board of 25 international journals, chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven, organiser and co-organiser of more than 20 international conferences, and initiator of the first symposium on gully erosion. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Belgium Academy for Science and the Arts and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. In addition, he has received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania, and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.”

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Source-to-Sink Fluxes in Undisturbed Cold Environments – A. A. Beylich, J. C. Dixon, Z. Zwolinski (Eds.)

The SEDIBUD Working Group Synthesis Book is now published!SEDIBUDbookCoverPhoto

Amplified climate change and ecological sensitivity of polar and cold climate environments are key global environment issues. Understanding how projected climate change will alter surface environments in these regions is only possible when present day source-to-sink fluxes can be quantified. The book provides the first global synthesis and integrated analysis of environmental drivers and quantitative rates of solute and sedimentary fluxes in cold environments, and the likely impact of projected climate change. The focus on largely undisturbed cold environments allows ongoing climate change effects to be detected and, moreover, distinguished from anthropogenic impacts. A novel approach for co-ordinated and integrative process geomorphic research is introduced to enable better comparison between studies. This highly topical and multidisciplinary book, which includes case studies covering Arctic, Antarctic, and alpine environments, will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in the fields of geomorphology, sedimentology and global environmental change.

For further information:  http://www.cambridge.org/9781107068223

 

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10 REASONS WHY GEOMORPHOLOGY IS IMPORTANT – by Stephen Tooth and Heather Viles

“In today’s world, there is much interest in, and concern about, the global environment and how it operates and changes. The threats of climate change and species extinctions are commonly highlighted, but what about the potential changes to physical landscapes? Understanding how landscapes operate and change is a crucial part of gaining a full understanding of the Earth system and enabling better environmental management. There are many questions that remain to be answered about physical landscapes and our interactions with them.”

Stephen Tooth and Heather Viles, with input from the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) Executive Committee, prepared this document to explain the fundamental role of Geomorphology for Science and Society!

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EGU Soloviev Medal 2016 to IRASEMA ALCÁNTARA-AYALA

The EGU 2016 Sergey Soloviev Medal is awarded to Irasema Alcántara-Ayala for her outstanding contribution to the basic knowledge of natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of disasters in developing countries.

From the EGU medals 2016 webpage:

“Irasema Alcántara-Ayala is an outstanding expert in natural hazard and risk assessment, with knowledge spanning from mass movement processes, landslide occurrences and hazards to vulnerability, disaster risks and prevention of disasters. Alcántara-Ayala’s research has consistently been of very high quality. Her paper ‘Geomorphology, natural hazards, vulnerability and prevention of natural disasters in developing countries’ is one of the influential articles in the field, being widely cited and extensively used by the scientific community and decision makers. Her research distinguished itself by the degree to which it combines theoretical and intensive field investigations with state-of-the-art science and technology, such as landslide instrumentation and monitoring, geographic information systems and satellite imagery. What makes Alcántara-Ayala internationally recognised, and one of a few truly unique scholars in this field, is her ability to combine natural science with social science approaches, using, among other things, the analysis of social vulnerability and integrated research methods on disaster risk to help in understanding the generic and specific impact of physical hazards on society. Her efforts have not only improved our understanding of natural hazards from a natural scientific point of view, but also raised social awareness about the importance and the need for implementing disaster risk reduction strategies based on the understanding of root causes. In an era of recognised global environmental change, it is essential that the science of disaster risk is comprehensively understood and undertaken, and this can only be done through interdisciplinary and integrated approaches, such as those represented by Alcántara-Ayala’s research. She has closely collaborated with the National Centre for Disasters Prevention in Mexico, and published several bulletins and reports addressing, among other aspects, natural hazards and the significance of educating and promoting the culture of prevention. She has led a very distinguished career. She got her BSc degree in geography from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), obtained her PhD in geography/geomorphology from King’s College London (UK), and spent her postdoctoral years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT (USA). In 2000, she was selected as an assistant professor at the Institute of Geography at UNAM, was promoted to full professor a few years later, and appointed as director in 2008, becoming the youngest female director in the institute’s history. Of particular organisational and social significance are her election to, and enthusiastic participation in, leading international organisations, including the International Association of Geomorphologists, International Consortium of Landslides, International Geographical Union, the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science, the International Social Sciences Council, and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Alcantara-Ayala’s academic activities in terms of natural hazards and disaster risk reduction are of great significance not only for geosciences, but also for the wellbeing of societies, especially in the developing world.”

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EGU Bagnold Medal 2016 to NIELS HOVIUS

The EGU 2016 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Niels Hovius for outstanding research in the field of Earth surface science, as well as for being a key figure in European geomorphology and a versatile interdisciplinary scientist.

From the EGU medals 2016 webpage:

“Niels Hovius is one of the leading Earth surface scientists worldwide, an excellent communicator, and a versatile and interdisciplinary Earth scientist. He keeps abreast of an impressive range of research areas, from climate science and river dynamics, to organic carbon transfer and burial, hillslope processes, landslide hazards, seismics methods and sophisticated geochemistry. He is always well informed, able to form his own well-thought-through judgement, and keen (and able) to integrate disparate fields and observations into a coherent picture. This diversity is expressed in his scientific agenda. Hovius set out to compile river sediment delivery, but his real early career accomplishment was the establishment of landslide systematics from painstaking counting size-frequency distributions of landslides in New Zealand and Taiwan. He was then drawn to the very active Taiwan mountain belt, leading to a whole series of groundbreaking projects on bedrock incision and the stochastic nature of sediment transport. In a much-cited paper (Dadson et al, Nature 2003), he also established that erosion rates are high where rapid deformation, high storm frequency and weak substrates coincide, regardless of topographic relief. Hovius and his group authored a series of papers that established how earthquakes trigger landslides, and have become leaders in this research field. Another important contribution was the realisation that mass-wasting processes have the ability to sequester large amounts of carbon from terrestrial biomass in adjacent basins. Work with Bob Hilton has shown that the ensuing CO2 withdrawal potentially equals that by silicate weathering. More recent work deals with deep weathering and associated submarine groundwater discharge, and also with the deployment of broadband seismometers as real-time monitors of sediment flow in steep channels. This list is by no means complete, but demonstrates the diversity of his research. It should be noted that this was achieved with minor resources and a small, but always powerful, research group at Cambridge University. Hovius has had an outstanding group of young students and postdocs, many of whom are now important figures in the geomorphology community. At EGU, Hovius has played a key role in developing a strong and vibrant geomorphology community, promoting EGU outreach activities, and most recently establishing the new EGU open access journal Earth Surface Dynamics as one of its founding editors. These are commendable activities, but central to this nomination are Niels Hovius’ fundamental and outstanding scientific contributions to the field of geomorphology and their impact for global Earth surface processes in general.”

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International Workshop on Urban Geomorphological Heritage – Rome, Italy, 27-29 October 2016

Co-organised by the University of Rome La Sapienza, the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia and the University of Lausanne, under the auspices of the Working Group on Geomorphosites of International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage (ProGEO), the Italian Association of Physical Geography and Geomorphology (AIGEO) and the Associazione Italiana di Geologia e Turismo, this workshop aims at sharing research and methods on urban geomorphological heritage.

The workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • geomorphological analysis in urban environment
  • methodologies for the assessment and mapping of urban geomorpho-sites
  • urban geotourism
  • interpretation and popularization of urban geomorphosites
  • relationships between cultural and geomorphological heritage in cities
  • conservation of geoheritage and urban growth
  • geoheritage and urban planning

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Workshop on “Seafloor exploration and surveying techniques for the Earth Sciences: the state-of-the-art” at the 35th International Geological Congress 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa

Date

Sunday 28 August 2016

Presenter

Aaron Micallef

Organized in the frame of the 35th International Geological Congress 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, this course will cover the state-of-the-art, principles and methodologies of seafloor and sub-seafloor surveying and exploration relevant to the Earth Sciences. Participants will be introduced to a range of geophysical, visual and seabed sampling techniques, as well as commercial and open-source software for data manipulation, processing and visualisation. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of the basic theoretical concepts and operational foundation of seafloor mapping, which will be relevant for both commercial and academic assignments.

For further details, please visit: http://www.35igc.org/Page/232/Seafloor-exploration-and-surveying-techniques-for-the-Earth-Sciences-The-state

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IPA-IAG Agreement – Early Career Researcher Conference Travel Grants For ICOP 2016

According to the recently established IPA-IAG Agreement, the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) offered 2 grants of 300  to Early Career Researchers to take part in the 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP2016) (Potsdam, Germany, 20-24 June 2016).

The selection of candidates has been carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG and IPA Executive Committees.

12 eligible applications were received for the grants available.

IAG GRANTS have been awarded to the following candidates:

Raul David ȘERBAN (Romania)REPORT
Ingo HARTMEYER (Austria) |

 

Mauro Soldati
IAG Vice-President and Training Officer
soldati@unimore.it

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EGU / FORM-OSE Post-graduate Training School 2016 – “Landslides and other Geological Hazards in Active Volcanic Environments”

The scope of the Training School is to provide an overview of landslides and other geological hazards processes and their complex interactions and to present a state of the art for concepts, research, models, monitoring techniques/technologies and warning systems. Updated knowledge on traditional and innovative multidisciplinary methods and techniques will be presented. Landslides and their triggering mechanisms, namely rainfall, seismicity and volcanic eruptions, will be explored not restricting their role as triggering factors, but considering all as main characters in a hazardous scenario.

The course will be held on 4-9 July 2016 in the São Miguel Island of the Azores Archipelago, composed by nine volcanic islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Due to its geographical and geodynamic setting it offers a wide diversity of natural hazards. São Miguel is one of the most affected islands by natural hazards, namely by volcanic eruptions, volcanic degassing processes, earthquakes, storms, landslides, floods and tsunamis. Since its settlement, in the 15th century, hundreds of cascade events were responsible for victims and important socioeconomic impact. By this diversity of natural phenomena, this area is considered an important natural laboratory and perfect for the application of several methods and techniques during the course training and field trips.

For further information on the Summer School, please visit:

http://www.formose2016.wix.com/formose2016

The International Association of Geomorphologists offers 1 grants of 400 euros to favour the participation of PhD students in Geomorphology (under 35 years old) worldwide (except Portugal) in the FORM-OSE Post-Graduate Training School 2016.

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IAG GRANTS for EGU/CERG FORM-OSE Post-Graduate Training School 2016 – “Landslides and other Geological Hazards in Active Volcanic Environments”, São Miguel Island, Azores (Portugal), 4-9 July 2016

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 1 grants of 400 euros to favour the participation of PhD students in Geomorphology (under 35 years old) worldwide (except Portugal) in the FORM-OSE Post-Graduate Training School 2016 on ‘Landslides and other Geological Hazards in Active Volcanic Environments’ organized by the EGU and CERG (Council of Europe).

For further information on the Summer School, please visit:

http://www.formose2016.wix.com/formose2016

A Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee received 13 eligible applications by candidates from 10 different countries, among which the winner of the IAG Grant is:

  • Bayes AMHED (Bangladesh)

The awardee, Bayes Ahmed (Bangladesh) withdrew at the very last minute since he was not able to get the VISA. Therefore, the grant was finally awarded to the second in the waiting list, who was taking part in the School:

  • Pablo Valenzuela Mendizabal (Spain) | REPORT

Mauro Soldati

IAG Vice-President and Training Officer

soldati@unimore.it

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IAG GRANTS for WGTG Summer School 2016 – “Alps vs. Apennines: Tectonic Geomorphology of Mountains”, Italy: Western Alps-Central Apennines, 2-9 July 2016

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 2 grants of 400 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists (under 35 years old) worldwide (except Italy) in the Summer School 2016 organized by the IAG Tectonic Geomorphology Working Group “Alps vs Apennines: Tectonic Geomorphology of Mountains”.

For further information on the Summer School, please visit the IAG Tectonic Geomorphology Working Group webpage http://www.geomorph.org/tectonic-geomorphology-working-group/

A Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee received 4 eligible applications by candidates from 4 different countries, among which the winners of the IAG Grant are:

  • Gen LI (China)
  • Milena ROZYCKA (Poland) | REPORT

 

Mauro Soldati

IAG Vice-President and Training Officer

soldati@unimore.it

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IAG GRANTS for Workshop – “Martian Gullies and their Earth Analogues”, co-organized by WGPG, London, UK, 20-21 June 2016

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 2 grants of 250 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists (under 35 years old), who are not from the UK, in the Workshop on Martian Gullies and their Earth Analogues co-organized by the IAG Planetary Geomorphology Working Group.

For further information, please visit: http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/martiangullies

A Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee received 2 eligible applications, both by candidates from USA. The winners are:

  • Erica JAWIN (USA) | REPORT

  • Tanya HARRISON (USA) | REPORT

 

Mauro Soldati

IAG Vice-President and Training Officer

soldati@unimore.it

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WGTG Summer School 2016 – “Alps vs. Apennines: Tectonic Geomorphology of Mountains”

WGTG Summer School 2016

“Alps vs. Apennines: Tectonic Geomorphology of Mountains” – Italy: Western Alps-Central Apennines, July 2-9, 2016

The Summer School is intended for students and early career scientists involved in tectonic geomorphology studies. It aims to offer a comprehensive overview of pioneering techniques, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches for meeting the growing needs of knowledge on both long-term tectonic uplift and sudden geomorphological changes.

The Summer School includes lectures (2 days), laboratory and field activities (4 days). A group of experts from different countries will present the state of the art on tectonic geomorphology and related methods. Case studies from a diversity of geomorphotectonic environments will be analyzed and discussed. A rich programme of field activity will be developed both in the Western Alps, symbol of a long-term evolution orogen, and in central Apennines, where recent seismicity (L’Aquila earthquake, 2009) caused casualties, damages and sudden geomorphological changes.

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1st Circular_(Updated) – The deadline for EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION has been extended to APRIL 29, 2016!

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The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) will offer 2 grants of 400 euros to cover the registration fee to YOUNG GEOMORPHOLOGISTS (under 35 years old) worldwide (except Italy) who are willing to take part in the Summer School.

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