IAGEOMHAZ Working Group


WG Chairs:

BIANCADr. Bianca Carvalho Vieira

São Paulo (Brazil)


Dr. Helene (Petschko) Goetz

Jena (Germany)



Introduction to the IAGeomhaz Working Group activity

The significance of understanding geomorphological hazards can be clearly recognized by looking at the number of disasters associated to hazards such as volcanic activity, landsliding, flooding, earthquakes, and so forth, which take place on a daily basis worldwide. According to a database developed by the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, at Université Catholique de Louvain (OFDA-CRED), 8,157 disasters related to natural hazards were recorded from 1900 to 2004. Therefore, we identify our task as geomorphologists (1) to provide a better comprehension of the phenomena including their triggers, mechanisms and consequences, (2) to develop the most appropriate means to analyze and model scenarios of their likely occurrence and (3) to discuss our work publicly to increase the awareness of authorities and decision makers ultimately aiming at a decrease of natural hazard’s impact on society.

The IAGeomhaz Working Group was established to:

  • Improve knowledge related to all types of geomorphological hazards not only in terms of processes and landforms, but also considering the impact on society.
  • Implement the appropriate means to increase the awareness among other scientists, stakeholders, decision makers, planners, authorities and the general public about the role of geomorphologists in the understanding of hazards and the role of applied geomorphology in disaster prevention.

    Last WG Annual Reports:

    Annual report 2020


  • “Geomorphological Hazards and Risks” Session at the IAG Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Athens, Greece (Sept 19-21 2019)
  • “Geomorphological Hazards and Risks mitigation through new techniques” Session at the 36th International Geological Congress in Delhi, India (March 2-8 2020)
  • 1st IAGeomhaz Working Group Workshop for Young Geomorphologists “Natural Disasters: Techniques and Research Tools”, São Paulo, September 2020

Activities 2018

  • 19th Edition of the Joint Geomorphological Meeting “From field mapping and landform analysis to multi-risk assessment: challenges, uncertainties and transdisciplinarity” in Buzău, Romania (May 16-20 2018) – Read the report here

Activities 2017

  • “Geomorphological Hazards and Risks (IAG-WG): risk mitigation trough new techniques under the challenges of environmental changes” Session at the 9th  International Conference on Geomorphology in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India (November 6-11 2017) – Read the reports on the conference and field trips here

Other achievements:

-Geo Morphological Hazards & 4th Session of the IAG Working Group on Geomorphological Hazards (IAGEOMHAZ)
Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India, 21-23 July 2010

report | abstracts


Upcoming related conferences

  • 14th INTERPRAEVENT Congress “Natural Hazards in a Changing World”
    May 11-14 2020, Bergen, Norway, http://www.interpraevent2020.org/
  • 13th International Symposium on Landslides “Landslides and Sustainable Development”,
    June 15-19 2020, Cartagena, Colombia
  • 5th World Landslide Forum “Implementing and Monitoring the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025”,
    Nov 2-6 2020 Kyoto, Japan http://wlf5.iplhq.org/