IAGGEOMHAZ Working Group


WG Chairs:

Dr. Susana Pereira (spereirageo@gmail.com)
University of Porto (Portugal)

Dr. María Carolina Villaça Gomes (mcarolvg@yahoo.com.br)
University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Past Chairs:

Irasema ALCANTARA-AYALA (Mexico),
Sunil Kumar DE (India)
Bianca VIERRA (Brazil)
Mihai MICU (Romania)
Bianca VIERRA (Brazil)
Helene Petschko (Austria)

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 UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction between 2000 and 2019, there were 510,837 deaths and 3.9 billion people affected by 6.681 natural disasters.
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 analyse 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 2023

Annual report 2020


  • Editing of a Special Issue of Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie entitled “Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management”, based on the corresponding scientific Session of the 10th International Conference on Geomorphology (Coimbra, Portugal – 12-16 September 2022). More information here. Please contact Susana Pereira at sspereira@letras.up.pt.
  • 6th World landslide forum in Florence next year: Session proposal for WLF 2023 in Florence within the theme “Mapping, hazard, risk assessment and management”

Activities 2021

  • Editing of a Special Issue of Geomorphology Journal entitled “Geomorphological hazards and risks in diverse regional environments” scheduled for publication on January 31st, 2021

Activities 2019

  • Scientific Session “Geomorphological Hazards and Risk” during the Regional Conference on Geomorphology in Athens, 19-21 September 2019 together with Takashi Oguchi representing the IUGS Task Group on GeoHazards

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

  • 6th World Landslide Forum “Landslides Science for sustainable development” that will be held in Florence at the Palazzo dei Congressi from 14 to 17 November 2023 (link)
  • The 37th International Geological Congress (IGC 2024) will be held on August 25-31, 2024, at BEXCO, Busan, Republic of Korea (link)