Landform Assessment for Geodiversity Working Group
Prof. Zbigniew Zwolinski
Prof. Marco Giardino
M.Sc. Alicja Najwer
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
Introduction to WG activity
Increasing interest on geodiversity motivated to establishing a new IAG/AIG Working Group, i.e., on Landform Evaluation for Geodiversity. Last years, especially 2012-2013 indicated many opportunities to develop greater interest on geodiversity in Earth System Science. Development of geodiversity concept over the last 20 years is a good forecast for further developments that research approach within geomorphology.
It is important that science of geomorphology may participate in such innovative concept and approach it in modern science on Earth System. We as geomorphologists cannot avoid this chance to participate in establishing landform dimensions for geodiversity. Main goals of the group for quadrenium 2013-2017 are:
developing concept of the role of landform in geodiversity and its methodology,
establishing standards and rules for assessing landform from the geodiversity point of view in different spatial and temporal scales,
organizing international symposia, training courses and/or field conferences on landform evaluation for geodiversity, at minimum one per year,
editing a remarkable set of special issues in international journals,
editing book/manual on landform evaluation of geodiversity, and finally,
collecting bibliography for geodiversity.
The overall scope of the Working Group is to provide new insights on geodiversity of landform and to develop an integrated assessment of landform for geodiversity by means of geoinformation (GIS) methodologies and tools: these will lead to the identification, quantification and modeling of landform for geodiversity purposes in different spatial scales and during the past and present times. The potential impacts of glocal (i.e., global and local) present-day changes on landforms from the geodiversity point of view and of their socio-economic implications will be also analyzed. By means of analyses of a world-wide data set of case-studies we also aim to investigate relationships between landform geodiversity and local cultures, as a means for understanding peculiar attitudes towards natural phenomena, useful for improving nature conservation and resilience of our society. The working group will also analyse the role of anthropogenic activity and landforms in the enrichment or impoverishment of geodiversity. Since our approach will consider the geodiversity as a “dynamic entity”; particular attention will be devoted to the influences of global changes on geodiversity at different dimensions. Short- and long-term variability will be coupled with spatial differentiation of geodiversity in morphoclimatic zones.
Prof. John Clague (Burnaby, Canada)
Prof. Marco Giardino (Torino, Italy)
Prof. Murray Gray (London, United Kingdom)
Prof. Mario Panizza (Modena, Italy)
Prof. Zbigniew Zwoliński (Poznań, Poland)
Establishing of the IAG/AIG Working Group on Landform Assessment for Geodiversity, 30 August 2013, Paris, France