We’re pleased to publish the IAG Highlights from January-February 2019, which you can find here. The IAG highlights replaces the traditional newsletter.
We’re pleased to publish the IAG Highlights from July-December 2018, which you can find here. The IAG highlights replaces the traditional newsletter.
A summary of the activities in 2017-2018 of the National Member of the IAG “The Belgian Association of Geomorphologists” can be found here.
The final version of the edited book Submarine Geomorphology, is now available online and in print from Springer.
The Editors Aaron Micallef, Sebastian Krastel and Alessandra Savini would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this book.
The book will be officially launched at the 9th International Conference on Geomorphology, taking place in New Delhi in November.
This book on the current state of knowledge of submarine geomorphology aims to achieve the goals of the Submarine Geomorphology working group, set up in 2013, by establishing submarine geomorphology as a field of research, disseminating its concepts and techniques among earth scientists and professionals, and encouraging students to develop their skills and knowledge in this field.
Editors have invited 30 experts from around the world to contribute chapters to this book, which is divided into 4 sections – (i) Introduction & history, (ii) Data & methods, (ii) Submarine landforms & processes and (iv) Conclusions & future directions. Each chapter provides a review of a topic, establishes the state-of-the-art, identifies the key research questions that need to be addressed, and delineates a strategy on how to achieve this.
Submarine geomorphology is a priority for many research institutions, government authorities and industries globally. The book is useful for undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals with limited training in this field.
The International Association of Geomorphologists held its 2015 Regional Conference at Barnaul in southern Siberia. A number of participants determined to share their common interest in geohazards by collecting a coherent set of papers around the theme of “geomorphological hazards: past and present”.
|Geomorphological Hazards: Past and Present – Introduction to the Special Issue
Olav Slaymaker, Andrei Panin, Mihai Micu, Sunil Kumar De
|A Review of Three Significant Geohazards in the Canadian Cordillera: the Case of River Floods, Debris Flows/Floods, and Debris/Rock Avalanches
|Quantitative Estimations of the Holocene Erosion due to Seismically Induced Landslides in the SE Altai (Russia)Applying Detailed Profiling and Statistical Approaches
Roman Nepop, Anna Agatova
|Geophysical Investigation and Management Plan of a Shallow Landslide along the NH-44 in Atharamura Hill, Tripura, India
Kapil Ghosh, Shreya Bandyopadhyay, Sunil Kumar De
|Dating Strong Prehistoric Earthquakes and Estimating Their Recurrence Interval Applying Radiocarbon Analysis and Dendroseismological Approach – Case Study from SE Altai (Russia)
Anna Agatova, Roman Nepop
|The Role of Catastrophic Floods Generated by Collapse of Natural Dams Since the Neolithic in the Oases of Bukhara and Qaraqöl: Preliminary Results
Eric Fouache, Rocco Rante, Djamal Mirzaakhmedov, Rachid Ragala, Malvina Dupays, Claude Vella, Jules Fleury, Valerie Andrieu-Ponnel, Antoine Zink, Elisa Porto, Frédérique Brunet, Lucie Cez
|Debris Flows of the Tunkinsky Goltsy Mountains (Tunkinsky District, Republic of Buryatia in Eastern Siberia)
Stanislav Makarov, Anna Cherkashina, Zhanna Atutova, Aleksandr Bardash, Nadezhda Voropai, Natalija Kichigina, Boris Mutin, Olga Osipova, Natalija Ukhova
|Modern and Late Holocene Flash Floods in the Silesian Upland (Southern Poland) Detected from Transformation of Periglacial Valleys: Case Study near Kromołów
Tomasz Kalicki, Artur Zieliński, Paweł Przepióra, Sławomir Chwałek, Marcin Frączek, Edyta Kłusakiewicz, Ireneusz Olszak, Łukasz Podrzycki
|The Role of Catastrophic Events in Slope Transformation of the Forecarpathians During the Subboreal-Subatlantic: A Case Study of the Archaeological Site Brzezie 26 Near Cracow (Southern Poland)
Tomasz Kalicki, Radosław Czerniak
A Study on the Haora River, Tripura, India
Authors: Bandyopadhyay, Shreya; De, Sunil Kumar
This book examines in detail the health of India’s Haora River, which is of vital importance as the lifeline of Agartala, the Capital City of Tripura. From its source in the Baramura Hills, the river debouches onto the rolling plains of Chandrasadhubari. Thousands of people between Chandrasadhubari and the boundary of Bangladesh have settled along the riverbanks and are directly dependent on the river.
Since the 1970s the ever-growing population of the Haora River basin has been exerting tremendous pressure on the river. Several anthropogenic activities affect the river, increasing sedimentation and pollution, and are leading the Haora River toward its dying phase.
This book presents the problems related to the overall health of the Haora River and discusses some proposals for restoring the ecological balance and geo-political stability of this strategically important part of the country.
Highlights of the book:
- Introduces the importance of river health in India
- Includes proposed methods of bank erosion hazard zonation
- Examines anthropogenic influences on the fluvial environment
Source-to-Sink Fluxes in Undisturbed Cold Environments – A. A. Beylich, J. C. Dixon, Z. Zwolinski (Eds.)
Amplified climate change and ecological sensitivity of polar and cold climate environments are key global environment issues. Understanding how projected climate change will alter surface environments in these regions is only possible when present day source-to-sink fluxes can be quantified. The book provides the first global synthesis and integrated analysis of environmental drivers and quantitative rates of solute and sedimentary fluxes in cold environments, and the likely impact of projected climate change. The focus on largely undisturbed cold environments allows ongoing climate change effects to be detected and, moreover, distinguished from anthropogenic impacts. A novel approach for co-ordinated and integrative process geomorphic research is introduced to enable better comparison between studies. This highly topical and multidisciplinary book, which includes case studies covering Arctic, Antarctic, and alpine environments, will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in the fields of geomorphology, sedimentology and global environmental change.
For further information: http://www.cambridge.org/9781107068223
“In today’s world, there is much interest in, and concern about, the global environment and how it operates and changes. The threats of climate change and species extinctions are commonly highlighted, but what about the potential changes to physical landscapes? Understanding how landscapes operate and change is a crucial part of gaining a full understanding of the Earth system and enabling better environmental management. There are many questions that remain to be answered about physical landscapes and our interactions with them.”
Stephen Tooth and Heather Viles, with input from the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) Executive Committee, prepared this document to explain the fundamental role of Geomorphology for Science and Society!
An Illustrated Guide
Authors: Gutiérrez, Francisco, Gutiérrez, Mateo
This is a highly illustrated book with each landform being described with the following structure: (1) Main characteristics, including geometric, morphometric and sedimentological features. (2) Genetic processes and controlling factors. (3) Different typologies if applicable. (4) Additional comments related to various relevant aspects such us environmental implications or geographical distribution. Image visualization of landforms is essential for learning geomorphology and stimulating the interest in this field-based subject; a picture is worth a thousand words. Consequently, the book constitutes a valuable educational resource for every university student enrolled in courses related with earth surface processes and landforms (e.g. Geomorphology, Physical Geography, Geology, Geohazards, Environmental Sciences.). The book is also attractive to travellers and people keen on nature who want to know about the terminology and origin of the landforms they encounter in their trips. In many cases, the geomorphological features constitute the main asset of first-class protected areas (e.g., UNESCO World Heritage Sites, National Parks).
The new book series World Geomorphological Landscapes aims to be a scientific library of monographs that present and explain physical landscapes across the globe, focusing on both representative and uniquely spectacular examples. Each book contains details on geomorphology of a particular country or a geographically coherent region. The content is divided into two parts. Part one contains the necessary background about geology and tectonic framework, past and present climate, geographical regions, and long-term geomorphological history. The core of each book is however succinct presentation of key geomorphological localities (landscapes) and it is envisaged that the number of such studies will generally vary from 20 to 30. There is additional scope for discussing issues of geomorphological heritage and suggesting itineraries to visit the most important sites.
PUBLISHED TITLES IN THIS SERIES:
Landscapes and Landforms of Portugal – Vieira, Gonçalo, Zêzere, José Luís (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of France – Fort, Monique, André, Marie-Françoise (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Spain – Gutiérrez, Francisco, Gutiérrez, Mateo (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of India – Kale, Vishwas S. (Ed.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Namibia – Goudie, Andrew, Viles, Heather (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Brazil – Carvalho Vieira, Bianca, Rodrigues Salgado, André Augusto, Cordeiro Santos, Leonardo José (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa – Grab, Stefan, Knight, Jasper (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Hungary – Loczy, Dénes (Ed.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia – Billi, Paolo (Ed.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Italy – Soldati, Mauro, Marchetti, Mauro (Eds.)
Landscapes and Landforms of Colombia – Hermelin, Michel (Ed.)
Landscapes and Landformsof the Czech Republic – Pánek, Tomáš, Hradecky, Jan (Eds.)
FORTHCOMING TITLES IN THIS SERIES:
Piotr Migoń, Heather A. Viles (Eds.), Sandstone Geomorphology – Landscape formation, field mapping, research methods, Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementbände – Volume 59, 2015
In the series of Supplementary Issues of Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie a collection of papers arising from the conference Sandstone Landscapes III has just been published. The conference was co-organized by the Danxia Geomorphology Working Group and held in the Stołowe (Table) Mountains in SW Poland in April 2012. The volume contains 13 papers written by sandstone geomorphology specialists from Australia, China, the Czech Republic, and Poland. They cover a variety of specific subjects, including broader issues of rock control in sandstone terrains, overview of Danxia landscapes in China, rock slope stability, weathering processes and landforms, non-karst caves in sandstones, the origin of boulder accumulations, rock – soil – relief relationships, as well as the presentation of geomorphology of the conference area, i.e. the sandstone tableland of the Stołowe Mountains. Piotr Migoń (former co-chair of Danxia Geomorphology WG) and Heather Viles edited the volume. Abstracts (free) and full-texts (by subscription or to be purchased individually) can be accessed via
The full reference is: Sandstone Geomorphology. Landscape formation, field mapping, research methods. Eds.: Piotr Migoń; Heather A. Viles. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, vol. 59 (2015), Suppl. Issue 1, 268 pp.
Thanks to the work of Prof. Andrew Goudie, the IAG GLOSSARY OF GEOMORPHOLOGY is now available for the international geomorphological community!
Geomorphology is part of Earth Sciences and is best described as the scientific study of landforms, their assemblages, and the processes that moulded them in the past and that continue to change them today. Geomorphologists study the shapes of landforms and the regularities of their spatial distribution; they decipher their origin and evolution, and try to establish their ages. Geomorphology has also been dubbed the ‘science of scenery’. Thus, the scenery – the combination of landforms and water – has become a subject of scientific inquiry.
Geomorphology is also about the interpretation of natural landscapes and, in the context of World Heritage properties, it helps us to understand what brought about their uniqueness and their rarity.
Read the whole paper published by World Heritage Review magazine published jointly by UNESCO and Publishing for Development (printed four times a year in English, French and Spanish). The publication presents and promotes the preservation of our World Heritage, with detailed feature articles and news items about the most outstanding cultural and natural sites in the world.
Mike J. Smith, Paolo Paron and James S. Griffiths (Eds.), Geomorphological Mapping. Methods and Applications. Developments in Earth Surface Processes, 2011, 15: 1-601
Geomorphological Mapping: a professional handbook of techniques and applications is a new book targeted at academics and practitioners who use, or wish to utilise, geomorphological mapping within their work. Synthesising for the first time an historical perspective to geomorphological mapping, field based and digital tools and techniques for mapping and an extensive array of case studies from academics and professionals active in the area. Those active in geomorphology, engineering geology, reinsurance, Environmental Impact Assessors, and allied areas, will find the text of immense value.
Physical landscapes are one of the most fascinating facets of our Planet, which tell stories about the evolution of the surface of the Earth. This book provides an up-to-date information about the geomorphology of the selected ‘classic’ sites from around the world and shows the variety of geomorphological landscapes as moulded by different sets of processes acting over different timescales, from millions of years to days. The volume is written by nearly fifty geomorphologists from more than twenty countries who for many years have researched some of the unique sceneries on the planet. The thirty six chapters present each continent of the world. They describe landscapes of different origin, so that the reader can learn about the complexity of processes behind the sceneries.
Irasema Alcantara-Ayala and Andrew S. Goudie (Eds.) – Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention. Cambridge University Press, 2010
Human activities, especially in the last two centuries, have had a huge impact on the environment and landscape through industrialisation and land-use change, leading to climate change, deforestation, desertification, land degradation, and air and water pollution. These impacts are strongly linked to the occurrence of geomorphological hazards, such as floods, landslides, snow avalanches, soil erosion, and others. This book, with chapters written by an international team of geomorphologists provides state-of-the-art knowledge about the contribution of geomorphology to the comprehension of hazards, links the work undertaken by geomorphologists to the framework of the likely impacts of climatic change and global environmental change, shows the significance of technology (remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems) for hazard and risk assessment and management, and demonstrates the role of geomorphology in vulnerability and risk analysis, disaster prevention and sustainability.
The Science of Scenery. How geomorphology can help Asia cope with its environmental challenges – by David Higgitt
Geomorphology can be regarded as the ‘Science of Scenery’. It seeks to explain how landscapes develop over time, the operation of earth surface processes such as erosion, landsliding and river flows, and the interactions between these processes and the landscape … The link between scientific research and environmental policy, however, is far from automatic. One of the key themes of the conference [Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Kota Kinabalu, 2007 – ed.] was ‘Communicating Geomorphology’, which explored how field scientists can integrate their research with a wider body of knowledge about the environment, discuss ideas with stakeholders and explain the significance of their research findings to a wider audience.