We’re pleased to publish the IAG Highlights from July-December 2018, which you can find here. The IAG highlights replaces the traditional newsletter.
CALL for IAG GRANTS for the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology: Geomorphology of Climatically and Tectonically sensitive areas
The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) is offering a number of grants for YOUNG GEOMORPHOLOGISTS (under 35 yrs old) who are willing to take part in the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology (Athens, Greece, 19-21 September 2019) and related 2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research Faculties, Anavyssos Attica and Harokopio University of Athens, 22-27 September 2019).
The grants are offered to Young Geomorphologists from less-favoured countries worldwide (with a Purchasing Power Parity below 22,000 international dollars, according to the World Development Indicators database, World Bank, revised 21 September 2018). For details see here. For countries with unavailable PPP in international dollars for 2018, please refer either to the US dollars column or to tables released in previous years by the World Bank.
The Regional Conference on Geomorphology will take place in Athens. Organized by the Greek Committee for Geomorphology & Environment of the Geological Association of Greece and open to all scientists and practitioners, it will include scientific sessions and keynote lectures as well as the 2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists dealing with ‘Coastal geomorphology of climatically and tectonically sensitive areas’. Field trips will be arranged in various islands of the Aegean Sea, both before and after the Conference.
The funds allocated by the IAG to support Young Geomorphologists are 6000 euros. In addition, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) has allocated a budget to co-sponsor the 2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists. The amount of single grants will depend on the country of origin (or place of residence) and on estimated financial needs of the grant winners. The grants are intended to cover (at least partially) travel costs to and from Athens, accommodation during the Conference and fee of the Intensive Course. In addition, the Organizing Committee will waive the Conference registration fee. The participation in the Intensive Course is highly recommended and the intention to participate in the Course will be considered as a preferential title in the selection of the applicants. Applicants should have a special interest and research experience in the themes of both the Conference and the Intensive Course, to be proved by their CV.
For further information on the Conference, please visit the Conference website.
Candidates for GRANTS are requested to submit the following documents before 15 April 2019:
– Application form (here as PDF and here as doc)
– Copy of valid passport or identity card
– Short CV (maximum 2 pages long), including up to 10 papers related to the Conference themes
– Abstract submitted (or to be submitted) to the Conference.
The above mentioned documents should be submitted to Marta Della Seta at firstname.lastname@example.org specifying “IAG Grants – RCG2019” in the subject of the accompanying e-mail). 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. Priority will be given to applicants who intend to participate in the Intensive Course for Young Geomorphologists.
Marta Della Seta
IAG Training Officer
We are pleased to announce that the second circular for the IAG’s regional conference in Athens is now available here.
Please visit the dedicated website for more information: https://rcg2019.com/
The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 15th, 2019 – please follow the guidelines here. Abstract Submission Fee (Non Refundable) of 10€ is compulsory for each
September 15th – 18th, 2019, Pre-Conference Field Trip, Mykonos & Delos Islands
September 15th – 18th, 2019, Pre-Conference Field Trip, Santorini Island
September 19th – 21st, 2019, IAG’s Regional Conference, Athens
September 19th, 2019, IAG Council Meeting (for delegates of NSM’s)
September 20th, 2019, Social Dinner of the Conference
September 22nd -25th, 2019, Post-Conference Field Trip, Rhodes Island, in the memory of Paolo Pirazzoli
September 22nd -27th, 2019, 2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course: Field Training School
Conference Fees (with/without NSM’s discount)
Early Registration: 250€/300€
Regular Registration: 300€/350€
Late Registration (16th August 2019 onwards): 350€/400€
Students, Honorary Fellows, Retired, National delegates: 180€
Accompanied Person: 100€
Social Dinner: 55€
Field Training School (2nd IAG-EGU Intensive Course): 300€
See this page.
11th Workshop of Polish Young Geomorphologists: ‘Modelling and visualization of 3D forms, phenomena and geomorphic processes’
The eleventh edition of Polish Young Geomorphologists Workshops, whose main initiator and co-organizer was the Association of Polish Geomorphologists (APG), was held on October 22-24, 2018, at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Sixteen young students of geomorphology took part in the meeting entitled ‘Modelling and visualization of 3D forms, phenomena and geomorphic processes’. The participants represented the University of Łódź, the University of Wrocław, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, the University of Silesia in Katowice and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
The idea of the workshop was to introduce participants with the most recent research trends focused on the high-definition field surveys, modelling and visualization of landforms, geomorphic phenomena and processes and acquiring knowledge in the field of research planning and organizing, strategies for raising funds, rules for submitting of research projects, as well as rules of preparation of lectures and scientific publications.
The workshop program included three days of training with varied formats, which were linked by two main themes. The first ‘Analysis of the stability of slope sediments’, conducted by dr Piotr Demczuk, was devoted to the methodology for testing slope sediments and their numerical analysis in the context of landslide hazard, using geotechnical tools. The second ‘Geomodelling the loess gullies’, led by prof. Grzegorz Janicki – included practical training using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS & 3D technology). President of Association of Polish Geomorphologists – prof. Małgorzata Mazurek – presented a historical draft of the origin and development of the Association and the functioning and scope of its activities, with particular attention to the place of young adepts of science in the structure of this organization. In addition, as part of the lecture of prof. Piotr Migoń (University of Wrocław), workshop participants had the opportunity to learn about the history, structure and functioning of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), and listeners learnt about the benefits resulting from activities within this organization. Workshop participants found out more about planning and organization of scientific research presented by prof. Zbigniew Zwoliński (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) as well as strategy of raising research funding and rules for the preparation of research projects – led by prof. Piotr Migoń. Each of the participants presented the concept of their own research project. The workshop program also included issues related to the preparation of scientific publications and rules for their review – prepared by dr Anna Orłowska.
In the summary of the meeting, attention was paid to the important role played by such meetings in the scientific development of every researcher. The workshops ended with handing over the certificates of the completion of the 11th Young Geomorphologists’ Workshop and an invitation for their next edition, which will take place in 2019 at the University of Łódź.
Łukasz Franczak, Waldemar Kociuba, Anna Orłowska
It is with great pleasure that we have received and accepted the invitation from the IUGS (The International Union of Geological Sciences) to be one of the founding members of the IUGS Deep-Time Digital Earth (DDE) Consortium. The IAG will be represented at the first meeting of Consortium to be held in Beijing on 26-28 February
The Deep-time Digital Earth project is being developed as the first Big Science Program to be recognized by IUGS. The DDE proposal has been recently approved by the IUGS EC. It will build on more than several decades of programs promoted by IUGS in collaboration with UNESCO and other organizations including the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the Global Sedimentary Geology Program (GSGP), International Geoscience and Geopark Program (IGGP), the Commission of the Geologic Map of the World (CGMW), Global Geochemical Baseline (GGB), International Lithosphere Program
(ILP), and OneGeology.
The primary goal of the Deep-time Digital Earth project is to develop an open platform facilitating efficiency and effectiveness of utilization of varieties of digital earth data with proper temporal and spatial reference according to paleogeology and paleogeography rather than to today’s geology and geography.
Giulia Iacobucci and Lidia Selmi were awarded grants by the IAG to attend the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop held in Windsor, UK from 3rd to 6th December 2018. Their full reports can be found here:
Here are some highlights:
From Lidia “we had the occasion to present our own PhD project, with students that have similar interests. In my opinion, this was a real useful session, because we presented the project in a small group and we had time to share experiences and advices”
“In fact, not only the ‘organized’ talks were fundamental, but also the tasty coffee breaks or the after dinners, when, in front a cup of tea or playing a match at the ping pong table, I had the occasion to talk informally with professors, to get to know other students better and to share with them experiences, fears and ideas.”
From Giulia “The most remarkable thing is the possibility of public speaking: I have prepared two talks about my PhD project, one presented to all attendees and the other one to a small group, giving you suggestions or asking questions. Moreover, a third talk has been prepared with other students: it is a great experience in which you have to present a research project about a topic far from your area of interest and within only two hours.”
“Besides the public speaking, you have also the opportunity of knowing the PhD experiences of the Post-doctoral researchers, which give you precious advice and report their personal challenges and opportunities, also considering the mental stress and health connecting problems.”
The abstract submission is now open for the VIII Italian Young Geomorphologists’ Days supported by the IAG. The meeting will focus on “Sharing experiences on geomorphological research in different morphogenetic and morphoclimatic environments”. It will take place from 26th to 28th June 2019. The meeting comprises 2 days of scientific presentations (26th and 27th June) at the prestigious Sala Napoleonica of the University of Milan, and 1 day (28th June) will be dedicated to the fieldtrip in the Veny Valley (Mont Blanc Massif) focusing on mountain environments dynamics, mapping and monitoring, guided by University of Turin.
All the information will be posted on the AIGeo website:
A copy of the First Announcement can be found here.
For abstract submission, information and any other issues, please contact: VIII.IYGD.email@example.com
The IAG is proud to provide auspices for the 4th in the World’s Large Rivers Conference Series: the International Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers to be held in Moscow on August 10-13th 2020. For more information see the dedicated website: http://worldslargerivers.boku.ac.at/wlr/
Romanian Young Geomorphologists Day 2018 – 1st Edition, held at Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 13th July 2018
The first edition of Romanian Young Geomorphologists Day was held on Friday, 13th of July 2018, at the Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, under the organization of the Romanian Association of Geomorphologists and the auspices of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). A total number of 25 participants from the Romanian Academy, University of Bucharest, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Babeș-Bolyai University and Gheorghe Lazăr High School (Cluj-Napoca) attended this event. During the official opening, Dr. Mihai Micu (President of the Romanian Association of Geomorphologists, IAG Secretary General) gave an overview on the support provided by the International Association of Geomorphologists for the organization of such events, at both national level as well as at the international one, an International Day of the Young Geomorphologists being among the priorities of the IAG’s Training Programme. The opening was followed by two sessions of oral presentations gave by Romanian young geomorphologists, with focus on modern research methods applied for the analysis of various geomorphological processes such as SAR remote sensing techniques, reconstruction of paleoriver systems, landslide mapping and investigation, glaciation and deglaciation reconstruction, dendrogeomorphic reconstructions. In the week before the event, a Summer School entitled Dendrochronology applied in natural hazards assessment was organized by the team of Laboratory of Dendrochronology from the Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University. The participants discussed their results as an extended oral presentation during the second session of the Romanian Young Geomorphologists Day. The concluding discussions emphasized the role of such meetings to be held yearly as a necessity for the young geomorphologists career development; the perspectives of organizing the next editions of the Romanian Young Geomorphologists Day during the Romanian National Symposium on Geomorphology was unanimously acknowledged.
Nicușor Necula (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași), Flaviu Meseșan (Babeș-Bolyai University), Laurențiu Țuțuianu (University of Bucharest)
Reports on the 7º Congreso Argentino de Cuaternario y Geomorfología: “Geocuar 2018”
Igor A. Pessoa, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
I would like to thank the International Association of Geomorphologists for the student travel grants to participate in the 7o Congreso Argentino de Cuaternario y Geomorfología, “Geocuar 2018” organized by Argentine Association of Geomorphology and Quaternary Studies (AACG). During the conference I met Dra Andrea Coronato, and after we talked about the intentions of IAG, I become member of the Argentine group. My idea now is to become an active member in both groups (Brazilian and Argentine) to promote the IAG initiatives between the Young Geormophologists.
In the conference I presented my work in the Antropoceno poster session, I was also able to attended the mid-day field trip, the short course about Biomineralization and environmental studies (class by Dra. Margarita Osterrieth and Dra Natalia Borrelli), and the post-meeting field trip in the Peninsula Valdés region. I am glad to announce that I received the premium of best poster presentation in the Antropoceno session where I could share my experience with analysis of Pb isotopes in marine bivalve shells by LA-ICP-MS (Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), using bivalve shells as a proxy of Pb pollution to address the source of lead pollution in marine ecosystems.
In brief, the IAG student travel grants promotes a chance to culturally enrich both professional and personal experiences. It comes as a benefit to the Young Geormophologists careers and promoting a good opening to meet new people. Finally, I would like to share some pictures of “Geocuar 2018” meeting with the members of IAG.
Gabriel Gómez Szmulewicz, Universidad Austral de Chile
My experience at the GEOCUAR 2018 conference was very enriching. On the one hand I gained experience in the poster presentation, but more important than that was the contact and relationship with colleagues of other nationalities who work on similar topics but who have different perspectives and experiences. With regard to the organization, I would like to greet and congratulate those in charge who made everything excellent, both in the presentations and poster sessions, as well as in the meals, in the camaraderie dinner and in the field. On the other hand, the meeting we had with Dr. Andrea Coronato was very fruitful to learn about the mechanisms and advantages of actively participating in the IAG. The three Chileans that participated were very enthusiastic about promoting and organizing the young geomorphologists of our country and thus develop more intensively the discipline.
Finally, I would like to thank the economic help the IAG gave me to participate in the GEOCUAR congress, since without it y couldn´t travel. I hope to keep in touch and to forge new South American relations.
The International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG/AIG) has awarded 2 grants of 300 (three-hundred) Euros to PhD STUDENTS in GEOMORHOLOGY from EUROPE (except UK) to take part in the BSG Post-Graduate Training Workshop (Windsor, UK, 3-6 December 2018).http://geomorphology.org.uk/workshops/windsor-postgraduate-workshop-2018
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.
2 GRANTS of 300 (three-hundred) euros each have been awarded to the following PhD Students in Geomorphology selected among 15 eligible applicants based in 9 different countries:
-Lidia SELMI (Italy)
-Giulia IACOBUCCI (Italy)
Report on the 1st Workshop of the I.A.G./A.I.G. Working Group DENUCHANGE: Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones, Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland), 25-27 September 2018
The 1st Workshop of the I.A.G./A.I.G. Working Group on Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones (DENUCHANGE) took place in Storkowo-Szczecinek (Poland), 25-27 September 2018.
Thank you to James Clapperton for the video tribute used to illustrate this post.
The southern South American geomorphologist community says goodbye to Chalmers Clapperton, who passed away on October 23rd, 2018 at the age of 80.
Chalmers Clapperton was the most important glacial geologist and geomorphologist to work in Patagonia, and of the entire South American continent, since the pioneering works of Carl Caldenius in 1932 and Egidio Feruglio in 1950.
Chalmers contributions to the Geomorphology of Patagonia have become milestones to our knowledge of the surface processes and landforms of this southernmost region, both in Argentina and Chile. All studies performed by Chalmers in the South American continent have remained as classical benchmarks and due references to later workers. He was always right on paper and those of us who have tried to follow his work are fervent admirers devoted to carefully read and deeply meditate about the even more minute details of his papers.
His outstanding book on the Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology of South America, published in 1993, has been such a fantastic and unavoidable tool for all of us who have tried to follow his steps in South America that, after 25 years since its publication, we still call it “The Blue Bible”.
Chalmers has always been extremely friendly and generous with all his friends and colleagues of Argentina. He did so with great care and generosity, as he always did in all facets of his academic activities. He permanently helped us with our research projects, providing substantial ideas, valuable comments, rational alternatives and badly needed references. We will always remember his kind words, and will be grateful for having partly shared his time on Earth, his jubilant and profound sense of humour, and his blissful and lovely smile.
Jorge Rabassa and colleagues from the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology laboratory, CADIC-CONICET, Ushuaia, Tierra de Fuego, Argentina.
November 5th, 2018.
Editor’s note: A detailed summary of Chalmers Clapperton’s contributions can be found in the editorial of the Special Issue of the Journal of Quaternary Science dedicated to him, here.
The IAG highlights replaces the traditional newsletter and the latest version can be seen here.
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: Roland Mäusbacher, Jena and Lothar Schrott, Bonn
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:
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)
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
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
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.
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:
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify IAG Grant – DENUCHANGE 2018 in the subject of the accompanying e-mail).
A summary of the activities in 2017-2018 of the National Member of the IAG “The Belgian Association of Geomorphologists” can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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: