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30th National Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists 3-5th October, 2018

Coming soon the 30th National Conference of the Indian Institute of Geomorphologists (IGI) being held in New Delhi 03-05 October, 2018. The focal theme is “Geomorphology, Environment and Society” and the event is organized by Department of Geography, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia. Participants are requested to send their abstracts by 15th August, 2018 and after acceptance, full papers for publication in the conference proceedings need to be received by 20th September, 2018.

For more details and link to abstract submission, see here.

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Report from the 19th Edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting

The IAG granted its auspices for the 19th Edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy, Romania, France, Belgium, Greece), took place in Buzău, Romania May 16-20 entitled “From field mapping and landform analysis to multi-risk assessment:challenges, uncertainties and transdisciplinarity”. Organized by the Institute of Geography (Romanian Academy) and the Faculty of Geography (Univ. of Bucharest) under the auspices of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and the Geomorphologists Associations from Romania, Italy, France, Belgium and Greece, the Conference gathered together two scientific events with a long history – the 19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece andthe 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology, dedicated to 50 years of activity of Pătârlagele Natural Hazards Research Center.The Conference attracted 80 participants from 8 countries (Italy, France, Belgium, Greece, Japan, Canada, Poland and Romania), for two days of keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations alternating with two field trips in the Vrancea seismic region (the Curvature sector of the SE Carpathians). The conference aimed to encourage participation from all geomorphology fields, as well as inter- and transdisciplinary research, to provide a high-level but also a comfortable and friendly framework, to promote active discussions and challenging scientific debates. The topic of the conference was outlined by 7 keynote lectures:

  • Emil Sever Georgescu: Seismic landscape of Romania: challenges of a specific paradigm;
  • Monique Fort: Earthquakes impact on geomorphology (landforms and processes) in the Himalayas at different time scales;
  • Takashi Oguchi: Digital elevation models and their applications in geomorphology: historical review and future perspectives;
  • Alessandro Chelli: The activities of AIGeo Working Groups towards a new applied geomorphic map;
  • Olivier Dewitte: Landslide hazard assessment in an urban-sprawling context. A geomorphological approach in Bukavu, DR Congo;
  • Florin Pendea: Transdisciplinary approaches to advancing knowledge of glacio-isostatic rebound in Northern Canada;
  • Konstantinos Vouvalidis: Hydromorphological assessment of suburban torrents for flood protection: the flood event of West Attica, Greece).

In addition, 23 oral plenary presentations brought into discussions issues like tectonic jointing/control on large landslides occurrence/evolution, seismic landslides, the use of dendrochronology in the study of shallow and deep-seated slides or debris flows, glaciated karst, permafrost distribution modelling, improved landslide scarp detection, geoarchaeology and anthropogenic geomorphology, flood risk and reservoir siltation, anthropogenic subsidence,paleogeographic transformations, medium-term morphodynamics, natural variability and human influence in the evolution of deltas, variability in sediment budgets at river mouths, zoogeomorphic impact of animals in alpine environments or the use of multi-temporal satellite interferometry in landslide detection and monitoring, found their position in the multi-hazard paradigm. During a 3-hours long session, including 2-minute madness presentations, 25 posters with the following topics were intensely debated: fluvial multi-temporal evolution and risks (from fluvial terrace formation and channel forming and discharge to financial losses); snow avalanche susceptibility mapping; paleo-reconstruction of floodplains; coastal evolution patterns and nearshore sandbars positioning; mountain climate variability and its influence on permafrost and frost weathering; geomorphological assessments of major landslides and their role in relief evolution; neuro-fuzzy systems and neural network technology for drainage sub-basins classification and slope erosion by runoff analysis; changing Alpine glacier forelands; hillslope – river channel coupling, etc.

Two field trips were organized on Friday 18th May and Sunday 20th May, which provided a detailed image of the multi-hazard hotspot of Buzău Carpathians and Subcarpathians, on the conceptual framework of single-to-multi-hazard assessment and on the inter- and transdisciplinarity characteristics of geomorphology within a multi-risk approach. A multi-hazard hotspot of Europe, Vrancea seismic region is offering the perfect framework for observing, discussing and evaluating a multi-risk environment, where forms and processes, alongside prediction, modelling and validation of single and multi hazards are fitting perfectly within an extremely complex yet challenging system of approaches. The field trips were focused on high magnitude-low frequency landslides (deep seated, mainly dormant, with large reactivation potential) and their climatic and seismic triggers. Aspects concerning deepfocal seismicity, litho-structural conditioning, active and blind faults were also discussed. The human impact on the environment was emphasized through case-studies like road and reservoir construction. Morphodynamic mapping, landslide susceptibility and hazard scenarios,numerical and statistical models were detailed through field examples.

Following the active discussions held during both lectures and field trips, we are positive
that the conference opened new research ideas and collaboration initiatives. The 20th edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting will take place in Greece, organized by the Hellenic Committee for Geomorphology and Environment.

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1st Workshop of the IAG/AIG Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones

We’re pleased to announce the first Workshop of the IAG/AIG Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones to be held in Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland), September 25-27, 2018 and will include fieldtrips. Please find more information here and please register you interest by 31 May using the form here.

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Inaugural meeting of IGU-IAG Joint Commission/Working Group on Anthropocene Geomorphology

Reminder of the Inaugural meeting of IGU-IAG Joint Commission/Working Group on: Anthropocene Geomorphology: Geo-archaeology, Geomorphology and Society

Date: 7-8 April 2018 (before EGU)

Venue: Vienna University, Department of Geography, Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna

Purpose:

  1. to kick off the activities of the new commission;
  2. to address the importance to society
  3. to plan activities for the next four years

If you are interested to join the meeting and/or the IGU-IAG joint commission/working group, contact Prof. Jiun-Chuan Lin (jclin@ntu.edu.tw) and Margreth Keiler (margreth.keiler@giub.unibe.ch). We will accept 30-40 participants to join the meeting.

Program of the meeting:

Workshop on Saturday April 7th 2018

 

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction to the meeting
9:15- 10:30 Block 1: 5 min input of each participant (max. 1 slide) to following questions (we will take notes)

·       What are your main research topics in the context of geomorphology and society?

·       Why are you interested to contribute to the joint IGU/IAG commission on …?

10:30-11:00 coffee break
11:00-12:15 Block 2:  5 min input of each participant
12:15-12:30 Summary of expertise and interests to contribute to IGU/IAG commission – Short discussion
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:40 World Café Discussion:

·       Introduction and aims to/of world café discussion (10 min)

·       Which are the main topics we would like to have addressed and focused on in the joint commission à aims (15 min)

·       How can we cooperate within the joint commission to reach the different aims (15 min)

·       What should be the output of the joint commission after four years? How can we disseminate the results (15 min)

·       Preparation of poster answering the three questions (15 min)

14:40 -15:00 Short coffee break
15:00-15:45 5-7 min presentation of the results by different groups
15:45-16:30 Overall discussion and summary of different results
16:30-17:00 Discussion next steps
19:00- ·       Conference dinner

 

Field trip on Sunday April 8th 2018

  • Topics are general introduction to geological and geomorphological setting, human-nature interactions (agriculture, settlement development), floods, fluvial terraces and valley development.During the field trip we will first use public transport to the foothills of the Vienna forest (overview of Vienna and beyond), walk downhill towards the city to the Danube River, and take public transport to further stops.

 

Remarks:

  1. Participants should register for this meeting and prepare their presentation in one ppt slide (5 minutes talk max.)
  2. Registration is free. However participants need to arrange their own accommodation and lunch during workshop.
  3. There is a dinner on 7 April, please book with the registration form if you are available to join.
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8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks September 8 th -14 th, 2018 – Adamello Brenta Geopark, Trentino

IAG are pleased to announce the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks to be held September 8 th -14 th, 2018 at Adamello Brenta Geopark, Trentino.

The programme includes talks, posters and fieldtrips. The abstract deadline is 15th April 2018 and more information can be found here: https://www.campigliodolomiti.it/ggn2018

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Reports from the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology in New Delhi now available

The 9th International Conference on Geomorphology (9th ICG) was held from 6 to 11 November 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The ICG is the official conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) and is held once in every four years.

A report on the overall conference is available here.

A report on the post-conference IAG-EGU Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists
‘Geomorphology Field Training in tectonically active mountain regions’ held 12-16 November 2017 can be found here.

A report on the post conference fieldtrip to Nepal run by Prof. Monique Fort (Paris Diderot University), with the support of Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and Prof. Narendra Raj Khanal (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) can be found here.

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19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece) & 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology

On May 16-20, 2018, the Romanian Association of Geomorphologists, the Institute of Geography of the Romanian Academy and  Bucharest University, Faculty of Geography are organizing the 19th Joint Geomorphological Meeting (Italy-Romania-France-Belgium-Greece) together with the 34th Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology.
More details at this link: http://sng.geomorfologie.ro/
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Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences: Connecting disciplines

Central European Conference on Geomorphology and Quarternary Sciences

23. – 27. September 2018, Giessen / Germany
The conference is organized by the German Association on Geomorphology and the German Quaternary Association and will be hosted by the Department of Geography, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen near Frankfurt / Germany. The conference is thought bringing together the closely related disciplines of Quaternary Sciences and Geomorphology, both dealing with the earth surface, its processes and related sediments.
The conference will present cutting edge research from both disciplines with their specific and individual perspectives. Oral presentations and poster sessions will be accompanied by a number of keynote lectures. Pre- and post-conference field trips and a public evening lecture will complement the scientific program.

The conference is open to all scientists interested in Geomorphology and Quaternary Sciences and especially young scientists are invited to participate!We are very much looking forward to welcome you in Giessen,

Markus Fuchs,
on behalf of the organizing committee
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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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8th ICG – Paris, August 27-31, 2013

The 8th International Conference on Geomorphology of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) took place in Paris at the Cité des Sciences de La Villettefrom August 27 to 31, 2013. The main topic of this 8th Conference was “Geomorphology and Sustainability”. Organized by the Groupe Français de Géomorphologie (GFG) and open to all scientists and practitioners, this Conference included 26 scientific sessions, 5 key-note lectures and one Workshop devoted to Young Geomorphologists. Fourteen field trips in various parts of France and neighbouring countries have been attended by the participants.

20 Young Geomorphologists have been supported with grants offered by IAG.

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4th ICG – Bologna 1997

The 4th International Conference on Geomorphology was held at Università di Bologna in Bologna, Italy, from August 28 to September 3, 1997. It was rganised by the Gruppo Nazionale di Geografia Fisica e Geomorfologia, Italia.

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