Tribute to Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme

We were sad to learn of the recent passing of Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme and we include a tribute written by Glen MacDonald (UCLA), below.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Professor Antony (Tony) R. Orme.  Professor Orme received his undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of Birmingham. He then went University College, Dublin (National University of Ireland), from 1960 to 1968. Professor Orme served at UCLA from 1968 to 2010 as a faculty member in the Department of Geography. Upon official retirement he quickly rejoined the ranks as Director of the UC White Mountain Research Center from 2012 to 2016.  This is almost half a century of dedicated service to UCLA.

Professor Orme was a geomorphologist and worked in a number of systems – literally from the mountains to the sea. He was particularly fond of coastlines. His first publication was on the raised beaches and strandlines of South Devon. He was also keenly interested in the history of geology and geomorphology and published scholarly pieces on that topic.  One of his final articles was on the topic of dynamic geomorphology and its historical convergence towards modern practice. A very astute synthesizer and editor, Professor Orme served as an editor for a number of journals, books and book series. He was the Founding Editor of Physical Geography and remained Honorary Editor until his death.  In addition, Professor Orme was a gifted artist, cartographer and scientific illustrator who could visually bring to life the objects of his study. During his career Professor Orme not only rose to the rank of Full Professor, but was Chair of the UCLA Department of Geography from 1974 to 1977. He was then appointed Dean of Social Sciences from 1977 to 1983.   His final administrative role, as Director of the UC White Mountain Research Center, was nothing short of transformative. At the Center he undertook a highly successful reorganization and renovation of operations and facilities.  With multiple research stations,  extending to over 14,000 feet in elevation, this would have been daunting to many.  He tackled it with gusto. Professor Orme’s achievements at the White Mountain Research Center was in many ways and incredible capstone to a distinguished career of research, education and service.

Professor Orme was honored by a number of prestigious awards including  Honorary Life Member and Honorary Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology, Founders’ Medal and Frost Lecturer, British Geomorphological Research Group,  Mel Marcus Distinguished Career Award from the AAG Geomorphology Specialty Group, and  the UCLA Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award.

One of Professor Orme’s greatest contributions was as an inspiring teacher and mentor of graduate students.  Over his career at UCLA he supervised over twenty doctoral dissertations.  Undergraduate and graduate students who took his courses decades ago still recall their time with him fondly, particularly if they were fortunate enough to take a field course. His geological and geomorphological was encyclopedic and his enthusiasm infectious.  Professor Orme will be greatly missed, but leaves a rich and enduring legacy of achievement.

Professor Orme is survived by his wife Amalie, a Professor of Geography at CSU Northridge, his sons Mark and Kevin, and daughter Devon. His daughter, who is an Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at Montana State University, recently gave birth to a daughter.  No information on a memorial is available at this time.

Glen Sproul dit MacDonald FRSC

Co-Vice Chair of Geography

UCLA Geography John Muir Memorial Chair and

UCLA Distinguished Professor

Director, UC White Mountain Research Center

Chair, UCLA Canadian Studies Program

glen@geog.ucla.edu

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Free webinar series “Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching”

We are pleased to promote a series of free webinars being produced by our sister organisation the Geological Society of America.

The current scheduled webinars in this series are detailed below.

Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8305975126473363213

About this Webinar:

Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtual field trips that are available to educators. This webinar will help you integrate Google Earth into remote Earth science courses by providing background on the tool and examples of its use in geoscience classes.

In addition to the regular webinar overviewing Google Earth’s options, capabilities, and use cases, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to work through some Google Earth activities themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to learn to use Google Earth the way your students would use it.

Presenters:

Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison University

Andrew Laskowski, Montana State University

Using Gigapan for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3427553084728968459

About this Webinar

Gigapixel panoramas are high resolution 2D images that combine ‘zoomed out’ context with the power of ‘zoomed in’ details. Applied to teaching geology remotely, they are valuable web-based tools for exploring geoscience concepts with students at scales ranging from the landscape to the outcrop to hand samples, to thin sections, to SEM. GigaPans can be embedded in webpages or desktop-based Google Earth KML tours as elements in virtual field experiences, potentially gaining power when combined with DEMs, 3D models of outcrops or samples, 360° spherical photos, or video. They can also be used as ‘virtual samples’ in times when student access to samples is limited. This webinar will cover the technical side of producing your own GigaPan images via two hardware/software packages as well as how to deploy extant CC-licensed GigaPans in your own remote teaching and outreach.

Presenters:

Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus

Jennifer Piatek, Central Connecticut State University

Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6837257389718161163

About this Webinar:

The Virtual Landscapes Project (https://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/virtual-landscapes/) uses the Unity 3D game engine to create screen based simulations of real and imagined landscapes, and interactive 3D block models of geologic and topographic maps.  It aims to enhance the training students receive in geological field and map skills, and to develop 3D visualization skills. This webinar demonstrates how virtual landscapes can be used in the online geoscience classroom to recreate aspects of geologic mapping training and augment understanding of how rock units are represented on geologic maps.

In addition to the regular webinar looking at the uses of the Virtual Landscapes, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to explore the different virtual landscapes and their potential uses for themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting.  This is a great opportunity to explore the Virtual Landscapes the way your students would experience them.

Presenters:

Jacqueline Houghton, University of Leeds

Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin

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Summary of IAG-related Covid-19 affected events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following meetings in which IAG is involved have the following changes:

Events with IAG auspices and IAG grants

TITLE COUNTRY INITIAL PERIOD WEBSITE STATUS

(CANCELLED/ POSTPONED)

International Conference on Permafrost 2020 China 22-26 June 2020 http://icop2020.csp.escience.cn/ Postponed to 20-24 June 2022
Geomorphometry 2020 Italy 22-26 June 2020 http://geomorphometry2020.org/ Postponed to June 2021
International Rock Coast 2020 Italy 27-28 Aug. 2020 http://www.irc2020.it/ Postponed to August 2022
IAG RCG Mashhad Iran 26-28 Oct 2020 https://rcg2020.um.ac.ir/index.php/en/ Postponed to a date which will be decided (tentative: Spring 2021)
International Symposium and Field Workshop  “Living with Landscapes” Egypt 1-5 Nov. 2020 http://www.dahab2020.com/ No change as yet

 

Events with IAG auspices, but no grants

COUNTRY INITIAL PERIOD WEBSITE STATUS

(CANCELLED/ POSTPONED)

36th International Geological Congress India 2-8 March 2020 https://www.36igc.org/ Postponed to 9-14 November 2020
The role of Geomorphology in Modern Society Greece 26 April 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced
First Cameroonian Conference on Geomorphology (CCG1) “Landscape and Landforms of Cameroon” Cameroon 29 Sept –2 Oct 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced
International Conference on Aeolian Research Namibia 12-17 July 2020 http://www.aeolianresearch.com/meetings.html Postponed to 4-9 July 2021
First joint Meeting of the newly formed National Norwegian Geomorphology Group (GeoNor) and Nordic Network of National Geomorphology Groups from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (GeoNorth) Norway 1-2 Oct 2020 Decision to be taken by end of June
Present Earth Surface Processes and Long-term Environmental Changes in East Eurasia China 19-23 Oct 2020 Postponed to a date which will be announced
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Landscapes and Landforms of Portugal

Hot on the heels of Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales we are pleased to announce that Landscapes and Landforms of Portugal edited jointly by Gonçalo Vieira,José Luís Zêzere and Carla Mora is now available via: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-03641-0. This will be a great introduction to those of you planning to attend the IAG’s 10th International Conference on Geomorphology in Coimbra Portugal next year (6-10 September 2021)!

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Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Geological Society of America

We’re pleased to announce that the IAG and the Geological Society of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which establishes our aim to work together in cooperation and friendship to further their shared aims of promoting the geological sciences and supporting geosciences professions.

The IAG will identify GSA as one of its Associated Societies, and as such will promote GSA’s mission and activities. Similarly, GSA will identify IAG as one of its Associated Societies, and as such will promote IAG’s mission and activities.

We aim to extend the benefits of members to both organizations, exchange information on key programs and initiatives, expand membership of both organizations through possible joint programs, organize joint meetings/sessions and share additional educational opportunities, professional services, and student programs.

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Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales

The latest addition to the IAG-endorsed series “World Geomorphological Landscapes” is now out! “Landscapes and Landforms of England and Wales”, edited jointly by Andrew Goudie and Piotr Migoń, is available via https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030389567 It is more than 600 pages long and contains overviews of long-term landform evolution, rock-relief relationships, Quaternary and the human impact, followed by 27 regional studies covering characteristic geomorphological landscapes, from coasts and flatlands to formerly glaciated mountains. The volume is dedicated to the first President of the IAG, Professor Denys Brunsden, with a special foreword from Mauro Soldati, the current IAG President. This volume is no. 19 in the successful series launched at the occasion of the International Conference on Geomorphology in Paris in 2013.

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Postponed: IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology, Mashad Iran

The IAG Executive Committee has been following the ongoing pandemic situation closely and together with the local organising committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology, which was planned to be held in Mashhad, Iran, in October 2020. Hoping for an improvement in the situation towards the beginning of next year, and in consensus with the local organizers, who are carefully evaluating all the logistic and scientific requirements of a successful meeting, we have decided to postpone RCG Mashhad to the spring of 2021. We will closely monitor the evolution of the pandemic, and, according to the official health recommendations and future scenarios, we will decide upon the most suitable period, which will be communicated to you during summer 2020.

We hope that this message finds you and all your loved ones safe and well during these tense and challenging times. As all international scientific communities, we are currently facing a lot of uncertainties induced by the spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reports by Grant Holders – 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration

The International Association of Geomorphologists funded the participation of two young Planetary Geomorphologists in the 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration held in Ushuaia, Argentina, 13-17 January 2020. The Conference was the latest in a continuing series of conferences intended to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the polar regions of Mars. The focus was also on terrestrial analogs that enhance the interpretation of remote sensing data from Mars, and on concepts for future missions. The IAG allocated 2 grants of 500€ that were awarded to the following candidates:

1) Mauro Gabriel SPAGNUOLO (Argentinian based in Argentina) whose full report is here.
2) Prakhar SINHA (Indian based in USA) whose full report is here.

Mauro Spagnuolo

Prakhar Sinha

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1st Announcement for 10th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology 6-10 Sept 2021

The 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 6th to 10th September 2021, under the theme ‘Geomorphology and Global Change’. We anticipate a bustling scientific programme representing the latest innovations in theoretical, methodological and applied approaches in geomorphology. The organisers, APGeom, are proud that the conference will be in Coimbra – a medium-sized city, rich in history and heritage, and strongly connected with its University, one of the oldest in Europe (730 years old) and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Our programme will include opportunities to explore the diverse geomorphology of Portugal – from the mountains of Minho, through the Central Cordillera, passing carbonate and karstified massifs, quartzitic mountains and by the plateaus of “Meseta” and Alentejo, down to a coastline with beach-dune systems, cliffs and estuaries of ecological value. Field trips such as to the Serra da Estrela, the Alentejan and Algarve coasts, the Cape Vert – Fogo island, the Azores and Madeira islands, etc. will be proposed around the conference dates and the usual opportunity will be offered to young geomorphologists to participate in a one-week intensive training course associated with the conference. Please find, here, in the PDF copy of the announcement the preliminary list of sessions and fieldtrips.

We look forward to providing a warm welcome to the geomorphological community in Coimbra…!

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Report on Geomorphology Week in Wrocław, Poland

Employees and PhD students of the Department of Geomorphology, Institute of Geography and Regional Development, University of Wrocław decided to celebrate Geomorphology Week 2020 (2-8th March) and proposed a wide range of attractions to promote geomorphological topics in an unusual way.

Fig. 1 Posters promoting the celebration of the Geomorphology Week at the University of Wrocław. Designed by: Kacper Jancewicz and Wioleta Kotwicka.

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Report on 1st Intensive Training Programme for the Young Geomorphologists of India

The Young Geomorphologists Forum (YGF) was established under the banner of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists in November 2019. The IGI‒YGF organized a 4 day long Intensive Training Programme for The Young Geomorphologists of India from 2nd to 5th March 2020 in the Department of Geography, University of Calcutta, Kolkata–700019, India. Dr. Shreya Bandyopadhyay (President, IGI-YGF and Assistant Professor, Maharaja Nandakumar Mahavidyalaya, Vidyasagar University) and Dr. Sayantan Das (Vice-President, IGI-YGF and Assistant Professor, Dum Dum Motijheel College, West Bengal State University) were the event conveners. The event marked the newly launched ‘International Geomorphology Week for 2020.

The following are the highlights from the programme:
– 7 lectures
– 2 laboratory-based hands on exercises
– 1 field-based hands on exercise
– A day-long Field visit to the coastal areas of West Bengal, India

In all, 70 young geomorphologists from different parts of India attended this event. The participants came from nine states of India and a total of 24 universities and organisations were represented. Please see here for a full report.

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IAG and the Covid-19 pandemic

Our president is conveying this message from his home country of Italy, unfortunately the country with the second highest number of Covid-19 infections, and moreover from the region of Italy with the second highest number of casualties – Emilia-Romagna.

“As you are no doubt aware, this emergency situation is unprecedented, and we are suffering from concerns and restrictions that have not been experienced in my country since the Second World War. Personal responsibility and willingness to adapt should be at the forefront for our everyday activities and behaviour. This is the only way to reduce the effects of this pandemic.

As Geomorphologists, many of us have dealt with the assessment and management of risks in our academic or professional activities, even though of a much different type. Nevertheless, we can still offer an important contribution to our communities and society, as scientists, in trying to spread the word about the need for risk preparedness and awareness. We can spread the word to our families, friends and community members about the most appropriate approaches to prevent the potentially lethal effects of this invisible threat.

Some European countries are following the Italian example in the management of the Covid-19 emergency, others are being less restrictive for the moment. However, please keep your guard up and do not overlook the possible effects of the virus, wherever you are in the world at the moment.

Despite the pandemic, the IAG Executive Committee members continue to work for the IAG. We will keep you informed about any development regarding the IAG events planned in the next few months and are seeking guidance from the relevant national and global health organizations.”

Mauro Soldati
IAG President
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International Geomorphology Week 2-8 March 2020

#IntGeomorphWeek2020

We are pleased to launch the International Geomorphology Week of 2020! Proposed at our last Council Meeting, the initiative has been taken up by Young Geomorphologists Forum of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists who have planned their annual event for this week!

2020 is the first year the International Geomorphology Week has been run, so we want to use the coming year to gather ideas about what we should be doing in 2021. Get in touch with us and start planning your 2021 event now! We aim to make this week a focus for the geomorphological community, so all ideas and initiatives are welcome.

Geomorphology week of the year will be held during the first week of March each year. The week has the aim to promote specific actions with relevance to geomorphology, both at the levels of the IAG as well as each National Scientific Member. Any geomorphological activities held during this week can be declared as part of the International Geomorphology Week.

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Welcoming Nigeria as a National Scientific Member of the IAG

We are pleased to announce that the Nigerian Geomorphological Working Group has been formally accepted as the IAG National Scientific Member for Nigeria. Being a NSM means that Nigerians can now receive discount at IAG events, automatically qualify to apply for IAG grants and auspices and have voting rights at the Council Meetings held during the international conferences. Welcome!

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CALL for GRANTS International Rock Coast Conference 2020

The International Association of Geomorphologists offers 1 grant of 400 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists* worldwide (except those based in Italy) in the International Rock Coast Conference 2020 (Trieste, Italy, 27-28 August 2020). The meeting is intended as a forum to discuss advances in the study of rock coasts and will include a range of presentations relevant to Rock Coast Geomorphology. The organizing committee, part of the IAG Working Group on Rocky Coasts, will review proposed papers and posters titles and abstracts, and, if successful the author(s) will be invited to present their work at the Conference.

Applications from candidates who already achieved one or more IAG grants totalling 500 euros or more in the past 3 years will not be eligible.

 

The grant will include free registration to the Conference.

For further information on the Conference, please visit the website at:

http://www.irc2020.it/

 

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files before 20 March 2020 (the IAG grant winner will benefit of an extension of the deadline for the abstract submission):

– Application form pdf;

– Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers;

– Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement)

– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Conference

 

The above mentioned documents should be submitted to the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (please specify IAG Grant – RockCoast2020) in the subject of the accompanying e-mail).

 

An e-mail confirming the reception and eligibility of the application will be sent to each candidate. In case of missing reception of the confirmation e-mail, please contact the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com.

 

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee. For further information on the IAG Grants, feel free to contact the IAG Training Officer.

 

Marta Della Seta

IAG Training Officer

marta.dellaseta@uniroma1.it

 

* Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who has received their highest degree, i.e. BSc, MSc, or PhD, within the past seven years. Provided parental leave fell into that period, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child, where appropriate.

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CALL for GRANTS Geomorphometry Conference 2020

The International Association of Geomorphologists offers 1 grant of 400 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists* worldwide (except those based in Italy) in the Geomorphometry Conference 2020 (Perugia, Italy, 22-26 June 2020). The event is hosted by the Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection of the Italian National Research Council (CNR IRPI) and the Department of Physics and Geology of the University of Perugia.

Applications from candidates who already achieved one or more IAG grants totalling 500 euros or more in the past 3 years will not be eligible.

 

The grant will include free registration to attend the Conference.

For further information on the Conference, please visit the website at:

http://www.geomorphometry2020.org/homepage

 

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files before 20 March 2020 (the IAG grant winner will benefit of an extension of the deadline for the abstract submission):

– Application form pdf;

– Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers;

– Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement)

– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Conference

 

The above mentioned documents should be submitted to the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (please specify IAG Grant – Geomorphometry2020) in the subject of the accompanying e-mail).

 

An e-mail confirming the reception and eligibility of the application will be sent to each candidate. In case of missing reception of the confirmation e-mail, please contact the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com.

 

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee. For further information on the IAG Grants, feel free to contact the IAG Training Officer.

 

Marta Della Seta

IAG Training Officer

marta.dellaseta@uniroma1.it

 

* Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who has received their highest degree, i.e. BSc, MSc, or PhD, within the past seven years. Provided parental leave fell into that period, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child, where appropriate.

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CALL for GRANTS 4th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes

The International Association of Geomorphologists offers 1 grant of 270 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists* based in Europe and Africa (except Egypt) in the 4th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes (Dahab, South Sinai, Egypt, 1-5 November 2020). The Symposium is organized by the Egyptian Society of Environmental Change (ESEC) with the auspices of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG).

Secondly, the call is extended to other YGs* from countries among the National Members of IAG with a regular position (payments of annual fees).

Applications from candidates who already achieved one or more IAG grants totalling 500 euros or more in the past 3 years will not be eligible.

The grant will include free registration to attend all scientific sessions of the symposium for two days (2-3 November 2020) plus free one-day field trip on 4 November 2020, in addition to special price for accommodation between 1-5 November 2020 (20 euros/night in suitable hotel).

For further information on the Symposium, please visit the website at:

www.dahab2020.com

Candidates for IAG GRANTS are requested to submit the following files before 20 March 2020:

– Application form pdf;

– Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers;

– Certificate of the highest degree achieved (with the date of achievement)

– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Symposium

The above mentioned documents should be submitted to the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (please specify IAG Grant – Dahab2020) in the subject of the accompanying e-mail).

An e-mail confirming the reception and eligibility of the application will be sent to each candidate. In case of non-receipt of the confirmation e-mail, please contact the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com.

The selection of candidates will be carried out by a Commission appointed by the IAG Executive Committee. For further information on the IAG Grants, feel free to contact the IAG Training Officer.

Marta Della Seta

IAG Training Officer

marta.dellaseta@uniroma1.it

* Undergraduate or postgraduate – Masters/PhD students or scientists who has received their highest degree, i.e. BSc, MSc, or PhD, within the past seven years. Provided parental leave fell into that period, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child, where appropriate.

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Reports by Grant Holders – IAG GRANTS for Windsor 9-12 December 2019

Gregor Luetzenburg and Francis Matthews were awarded grants by the IAG to attend the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop held in Windsor, UK from 9th to 12th December 2019. Their full reports can be found here:

Here are some highlights:

From Francis: “Upon arrival, the impressive buildings and outdoor grounds set a relaxing scene and give the feeling of being on a quintessential English country estate. After an initial gathering on Monday afternoon over one of many cups of tea and cake, we were given a talk about the rich history of Cumberland Lodge…”

From Gregor “Twenty-two early PhD students stayed in a royal ambience and we philosophized about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of our PhD projects.”

From Francis: “Alongside important learning, the workshop gave the brilliant opportunity to have fun and bond with other PhD colleagues”

From Gregor: “Delicious food as well as tea in the afternoon and beer in the evening offered the perfect framework to exchange ideas, network with fellow PhD students and chat about life in academia. “

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Auspices for the 4th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes

The IAG are pleased to provide their auspices for the 4th International Symposium of Living with Landscapes which will be held in Dahab Egypt from 1st to 5th November 2020. Registration and abstract submission are open at the website, here. The deadline for submitting abstracts will be 10th May 2020 and for final registration payment 10th September 2020. Please find further details in the first circular, here.

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Grants awarded to Young Geomorphologists for the 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 2 grants of 500 euros to favour the participation of Planetary Geomorphologists in the 7th International Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration organized by the Planetary Science Institute- York University and the Space Research and Planetary Sciences-University of Bern, among others, with the support of the Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas (CADIC-CONICET). The Conference is the latest in a continuing series of conferences intended to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas regarding the polar regions of Mars. The focus will also be on terrestrial analogs that can enhance the interpretation of remote sensing data from Mars, and on concepts for future missions.

For further information on the Congress, please visit:https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/marspolar2020/

The selection for Grants was made by the international committee appointed by the IAG. The selection committee consisted of geomorphologists with affiliations not represented among the applicants. The IAG offered 2 grants of 500€ that have been awarded to the following candidates:
1) Mauro Gabriel SPAGNUOLO (Argentinian based in Argentina)
2) Prakhar SINHA (Indian based in USA)
Congratulations to them!
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Urban Geomorphology WG at Geomorphometry 2020

— UPDATE, the conference has been postponed until June 2021, please check the conference website for updates —

The Geomorphometry 2020 Conference is scheduled from 22 to 26 June 2020 in Perugia (Italy). The IAG Working Group Urban Geomorphology is encouraging submissions for the topic “Geomorphometry for urban areas and cultural heritage”.

For abstract submission and further details on the conference please see their website: http://www.geomorphometry2020.org and for any additional session information, please contact Laura Melelli (laura.melelli@unipg.it).
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IAG working groups at EGU 2020

The IAG working groups have the following sessions at the European Geosciences Union general assembly to be held on 3-8 May 2020 in Vienna, Austria:

GM3.6 Connectivity in hydrology and sediment dynamics: concepts, measuring, modelling, indices and societal implications

GM4.5 Denudational hillslope and fluvial processes, source-to-sink fluxes and sedimentary budgets under changing climate, anthropogenic impacts and other disturbances

GM6.7 Submarine geomorphology

GM11.1 Planetary Geomorphology

GM12.1 Essential variables influencing geodiversity: contributions to geoheritage in response to global change

GM12.4 Co-production and evolution between geomorphological dynamics and human influence https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35708

Key deadlines:

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Field trip registration open for 36th International Geological Congress in India

The IAG are pleased to provide their auspices for the 36th International Geological Congress on 2-8 March 2020 in Delhi, India. We draw your attention to the field trips in the programme which should be booked on registering: https://www.36igc.org/all-field-trips.

Of particular interest to geomorphologists are:

Trip #5.NER005: Unfolding of Quaternary History and Associated Geoarchaeological Remains of Tripura, Northeastern India

Trip #9.ER005: The Teesta Chronicle: Tectonics – Climate and Human-Landscape Dynamics flier

Trip #11.ER008: Landslide failure mechanisms, hazard and risk scenarios in Darjeeling Himalayas

Trip #32.WR004: Thar Desert: its Evolution and Geoheritage

Trip #48.NR010: Ladakh- an archive for Quaternary landscape, climate and neotectonics

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Abstract submission open for ICAR 2020, Swakopmund, Namibia 12th-17th July 2020

We are pleased to announce that abstract submission is open for the International Society for Aeolian Research Conference to held under the IAG auspices in Swakopmund, Namibia from 12th to 17th July 2020. https://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/events/icar2020/index.html

The biennial conference draws together delegates from across the globe researching the processes of and phenomena associated with the erosion, transport, deposition and effects of windblown sediment and landforms on Earth and other planetary bodies. Recent conferences have been held in Bordeaux (2018), Mildura (2016), and Lanzhou (2014).

ICAR 2020 will cover a broad spectrum of research topics in aeolian science and will include the following sessions:

  1. Mechanics and processes of aeolian sediment transport

Convenors: Cheryl McKenna-Neuman; Ian Walker; Andreas Baas

  1. Sand dune dynamics and processes

Convenors: Patrick Hesp; Clement Narteau; Lu Ping

  1. Dust emission, transport, deposition and effects

Convenors: Martina Klose; Richard Reynolds; James King

  1. Aeolian palaeoenvironments

Convenors: Kathryn Fitzimmons; David Thomas; Paul Hesse

  1. Anthropogenic interactions with aeolian systems

Convenors: John Leys; Nick Webb; Johannah von Holdt

  1. Planetary aeolian systems

Convenors: Ryan Ewing; Philippe Claudin; Lori Fenton

Participation is encouraged from a wide scientific base to include current research in modelling, laboratory and fieldwork environments. Register your interest on the website to receive direct updates about the conference over the coming months: https://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/events/icar2020/interest.html

Important dates:

October 2019: call for abstracts

January 2020: deadline for abstract submission, registration opens

February 2020: selection of abstracts for presentation

April 2020: registration closes

12th July 2020: ICAR 2020 begins!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organisers at: icar2020@ouce.ox.ac.uk

The organising committee

Giles Wiggs (Oxford, UK)

Joanna Nield (Southampton, UK)

Matthew Baddock (Loughborough, UK)

Frank Eckardt (Cape Town, SA)

Greg Okin (UCLA, USA)

Martin Hipondoka (UNAM, Namibia)

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First Circular for the Regional Conference on Geomophology, Mashhad, Iran 26-28 Oct 2020

We’re pleased to announce the first circular for the Regional Conference on Geomophology, which will be held in Mashhad, Iran on 26-28 October 2020. The circular, here, contains preliminary information on the programme, fieldtrips and sessions. Important dates:

Call for abstracts & opening of registration: 10 December 2019
Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2020

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Report on the 16th East Eurasia International Workshop 16-20 September 2019

The IAG provided auspices for the 16th East Eurasia International Workshop. The workshop and field excursion to Khangai Region were successfully and fruitfully finished during 16-20 September  2019 in Mongolia.

More than 60 registered participants from 7 nations including China, Korea, Germany, Russia, Mongolia,  Japan, Taiwan, presented 24 oral and 28 posters sessions presentations on Quaternary geology, geography, geomorphology and environmental sciences.

In the Khangai regions field excursion, 55 persons including guides and staffs of Institute Paleontology and Geology, and NMU were Khangai regions of Late Paleozoic to Early Mesozoic granite and granodiorite plutons. Late Cenozoic numerous high potassium alkaline basaltic provinces (e.g., Khangai, OrkhonSelenge and Tariat-Chuluut) which covered by the unconsolidated Quaternary sediments are distributed throughout the Khangai Region. We visited to Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune. Elsen tasarkhai is a part of the Ikh Mongol sand dunes, which stretches along the Tuv, Uvurkhangai and Bulgan provinces. The sand dunes are totally 80 km long and about 5 km wide. The main road separates this sand dune into two parts, Mongol Els on the south and Khugnu Tarnyn Els on the north. Also we were in Kharkhorin soum.  Erdenezuu monastery is the oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, which is located in the Kharkhorin soum, Uvurkhangai province.

The Chuluut Lava River (The Tariat volcanic field (55 km x ~ 12 km) is situated in the uplifted region on the northern slopes of the Khangai mountainous region. It includes basaltic lava flows in the Tariat graben and in adjacent river valleys (Chuluut and Suman) as well as a number of eruption centers (Khorgo, Shavariin Tsaram and Tsagaan). Volcanic activity started there in the Late Miocene with basaltic flows filling topographic lows, and continued until a few thousand years ago (Yarmolyuk et al., 2008).

Khorgo volcano. Tariat soum, Arkhangai province. The Khorgo Volcano is a dormant volcano located on the eastern shore of Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake in the Tariat volcanic field. The volcano Khorgo has a dimension of 1200 m base diameter and a height of 120 m. On top of the cone sits a 180 m wide crater. The cone is composed of cinders, agglutinates, and bombs. Some bombs are as large as 6 m across. No lava is found within the crater. The Khorgo volcanic cone is partially filled with lava. A few large bombs have rolled down into the lateral crater from the slope of the central volcanic cone. Near the lateral crater is a lava dome, some of which has propagated onto the crater slope (Chuvashova et al., 2007).

It was really nice meeting and field excursion for participants of EEIW. The contribution and support of the IAG in this event was sincerely appreciated.

Oyunchimeg, (Ph.D)
Leading Research Scientist
Institute of Paleontology and Geology

Mongolian Academy of Sciences
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Report from Geomorphological and Sedimentological Summer School Bachotek, Poland 24-28 June 2019

On June 24-28, 2019, the Geomorphological and Sedimentological Summer School was held in Bachotek (Brodnica Lake District, Poland). The workshop focused on issues related to slope processes, forms and deposits of the postglacial area of North Poland. The School was organized by the Department of Quaternary Geomorphology and Paleogeography of Faculty of Earth Sciences Nicolaus Copernicus University from Toruń, with the participation of the Glacial Geomorphology Commission of the Association of Polish Geomorphologists and the Section of Lithology and Genesis of the Quaternary Sediment of the Quaternary Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The School’s scientific leader was Tomasz Karasiewicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń). Almost 17 participants attended the Summer School activities. Among them were young scientists from Poznań, Katowice, Gliwice, Kraków, Lublin, Łódź, Knyszewicz, Toruń, Gdańsk and Chojnice, as well as three doctoral students from abroad, i.e. from Tbilisi and Moscow.

On the first day of Summer School, participants learned about issues related to geomorphological and soil science processes occurring on young glacial slopes. The first lecture was given by Tomasz Karasiewicz and Lucyna Tobojko on the subject: “Geological and geomorphological characteristics of the research area as well as morphology and evolution of erosive cuts in the slopes of the Drwęca Valley near Bachotek“. This lecture was an introduction to the geomorphological and geological issues of the area of fieldwork and the thematic scope of the Summer School. Another lecture entitled “Postglacial evolution of erosion and denudation valleys in selected edge zones of the West Pomeranian Lake District” was presented by Renata Paluszkiewicz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). Its concerned the conditions, formation, morphometry and development of erosion and denudation valleys located within four test fields in the central part of the West Pomeranian Lake District. In the third speech by Marcin Świtoniak (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) the listeners were acquainted with The influence of slope processes on soil properties of young glacial landscapes. At the end of the first day of classes Marek Majewski (Pomeranian University in Słupsk) presented the results of research on sediments and slope processes from the vicinity of Lake Jasień in the eastern part of the Polanowska Upland (West Pomeranian Lake District) in the lecture entitled “Selected features of slope sediments against the backdrop of soil sediments“. On the second day of the School, after classes in the field, the lecture on “Modelling of slope processes” was conducted by Paweł Molewski (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń).

During the next three days the School’s participants conducted field research in the vicinity of Bachotek, on the slopes of the Drwęca Valley. The valley slopes on this section are cut by numerous small valleys, three of which have been the subject of detailed investigation. After getting acquainted with cartographic data, local recognition of terrain morphometry (zero-order catchment areas), participants were divided into three teams and began field work in selected erosion forms. Each group had the task of preparing drafts / exposures representing the diversity of slope sediments in the longitudinal profile of individual forms. During the fieldwork, on the third day, an example of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) of one of the studied erosion and denudation valleys on the slope of the Drwęca Valley was performed. In the afternoon session, participants listened to a speech by Sebastian Tyszkowski (Department of Environmental Resources and Geohazards of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Toruń) “Potential of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) in geomorphological studies“. After the lecture, practical classes using data obtained during scanning and their processing in computer programs.

The fourth day was the last field day, during which the each research teams presented (within prepared sites) gathered previously information about the slope and base sediments as well as sedimentation structures. There was a lively discussion on the features of slope sediments and geomorphological and soil science processes in the analyzed denudation and erosion valleys. Sediment samples were also taken for laboratory analyzes. The combination of geomorphological and soil science approaches in sediment analysis has allowed for extremely interesting interpretative results. Discussion in the field of jointly prepared open pit/excavations was inquisitive, kind and inspiring. On the last day, during auditorium classes, School participants presented information about their own research projects. Due to the high scientific value of data collected during the workshops, their participants decided to develop and prepare publication containing the results of the fieldwork in Bachotek.

 

Małgorzata Mazurek
Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

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