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Obituaries for Dietrich Barsch

The IAG was sad to learn of the passing of Dietrich Barsch (25 May 1936 – 23 May 2018) and we reproduce two of his obituaries accessible at the links below:

Composed by: Olaf Bubenzer and Bernhard Eitel, Heidelberg; Wilfried Haeberli, Zürich

Composed by: Roland Mäusbacher and Lothar Schrott

Dietrich Barsch on 3 June, 2016, during the colloquium to celebrate his 80th anniversary (Foto: B. Mächtle).

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Grants awarded to Young Geomorphologists for Geocuar 2018

The International Association of Geomorphologists offered 2 grants of 500 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists (under 35 years old) from Latin America but not mainly based in Argentina in the 7º Congreso Argentino de Cuaternario y Geomorfología, “Geocuar 2018” organized by Argentine Association of Geomorphology and Quaternary Studies (AACG) being held in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, 18-21 September 2018.

For further information on the Congress, please visit:

http://cacg2018.cenpat-conicet.gov.ar/inicio

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

3 eligible applications were received and IAG grants have been awarded to the following candidates:

– Gabriel GÓMEZ SZMULEWICZ (Chile)
– Igor PESSOA (Brazil)

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IAG 20th Organisation to support the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics (CTSG)

The IAG is proud to be the 20th Geoscience organisation to sign up to the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics (CTSG). More information can be found at the International Association for Promoting Geoethics website: http://www.geoethics.org/ctsg

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First Circular for the IAG Regional Conference in Athens 19-21 Sept 2019

We are pleased to announce that the first circular for the IAG’s regional conference in Athens is now available here. Please visit the dedicated website for more information: https://rcg2019.com/

Important dates to note:

31/10/2018: Call for abstracts opens
30/04/2019: Abstract Submission will be closed
15/05/2019: Early Bird Registration will be closed
31/07/2019: Regular Registration will be closed on

15-18/09/2019: Pre-Conference Field Trip, Mykonos & Delos Islands
15-18/09/2019: Pre-Conference Field Trip, Santorini Island
19-21/09/2019: IAG’s Regional Conference, Athens
22-25/09/2019: Post-Conference Field Trip, Rhodes Island, in the memory of Paolo Pirazzoli
22-27/09/2019: 2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course: Field Training School

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Deadline Extension for grants – 1st Workshop of the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE

The deadline has been extended to 25th August for applications for support to attend the 1st Workshop of the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones. Details can be found here.

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Call for IAG Grants – 1st Workshop of the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE

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

Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland), September 25-27, 2018

The International Association of Geomorphologists offers 4 grants of 150 euros to favour the participation of Young Geomorphologists (under 35 years old) from Europe (but not mainly based in Poland) in the 1st Workshop organized by the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE, to be held in Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland) on September 25-27, 2018.

The Workshop aims at the better understanding of possible effects of ongoing and accelerated environmental changes on present-day denudational processes and familiarization with systematic and quantitative studies (environmental monitoring) on the actual drivers of denudational processes in differentiated landscape controls.

The organization of the event includes initiatives specifically dedicated to Young Geormophologists and in particular calculation of chemical and mechanical denudation rates as well as carrying out GIS-hydrological modelling using the SWAT model.

For further information on the Workshop, please contact Dr. Joanna Gudowicz (Gudowicz@amu.edu.pl)

Applicants (with a special interest in geomorphological topics to be proved by their CV) are requested to submit the following files before 25 August 2018:

– Application form (doc) (pdf);

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

– Copy of valid passport / identity card;

– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Workshop.

The above mentioned documents should be submitted to the IAG grant office at iaggrantoffice@gmail.com (please specify IAG Grant – DENUCHANGE 2018 in the subject of the accompanying e-mail).

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Activity report of the Belgian Association of Geomorphologists (2017-2018)

A summary of the activities in 2017-2018 of the National Member of the IAG “The Belgian Association of Geomorphologists” can be found here.

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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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2017 IAG newsletter published online

The final issue of the IAG’s newsletter which has been running since 1995 has been uploaded to our website: http://www.geomorph.org/newsletter/

We will be producing a new shorter document called “highlights” which will be integrated with the online content found on our website.

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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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Delivering expert reports for the International Court of Justice

Expert geomorphological opinion was submitted to the International Court of Justice by Prof. Eric Fouache (former IAG President) and Prof. Francisco Gutiérrez (current IAG Vice-President) on the case “Maritime delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” on 30th April 2017. The Court delivered its Judgment on the case on 2 February 2018.

Delegations from Nicaragua and Costa Rica, personnel of the Registry of the International Court of Justice, Eric Fouache (further right) and Francisco Gutiérrez (bottom right). Image taken in the second mission carried out in March 2017.

The report is accessible at: http://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/157/157-20170430-WRI-01-00-EN.pdf

A description of the case is here: http://www.icj-cij.org/en/case/157

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Obituary for Peng Hua (January 2, 1956 – January 8, 2018)

On January 8, 2018, the international geomorphic community lost an outstanding scientist-Professor Peng Hua, who was the Chairman of the IAG Red Beds and Danxia Geomorphology Working Group, and also a beloved teacher at Sun Yat-sen University, China. We reproduce below his obituary written by Pan Zhixin, Hainan University, China.

Professor Peng Hua at Mt. Danxiashan

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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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Remembering Emeritus Professor Michael John Selby

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Prof. Michael Selby, an outstanding scientist and geomorphologist and author of the key geomorphology work “Hillslope Materials and Processes”. We reproduce below the full eulogy given by Cam Nelson, one of his close colleagues, at his funeral. Read more

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Videos from the 9th ICG in New Delhi, India

Here are four videos taken during the Opening Ceremony of the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) held in New Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan from 6 to 11 November.

And two videos from the closing ceremony:

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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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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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