Past Working Groups: Arid Regions

WG Chair:

Prof. Dr. Xiaoping Yang

Beijing (China)
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Main Objectives:

  1. Improving the understanding of geomorphological process;
  2. Investigating the causes and effects of various geomorphological processes under desert environments;
  3. Interpreting the temporal and spatial interaction between aeolian, fluvial and lacustrine processes;
  4. Studying the landscape evolution and analyzing strategies against land degradation in arid and semiarid regions;
  5. Trying to provide a forum for discussions among geomorphologists and for exchange of information.

Members of the executive commission of the working group:

– Mohamed Tahar Benazzouz / El Khroub
– Bernhard Eitel / Heidelberg
– Nabil Embabi, Cairo
– Andrew Goudie / Oxford
– Joerg Grunert / Mainz
– Dieter Jaekel / Berlin
– Edgardo Latrubesse / La Plata
– Lewis Owen / Riverside
– Liu Tungsheng / Beijing
– Martin Williams / Adelaide
– Stephen G. Wells / Las Vegas
– Xiaoping Yang / Beijing
– Li Zhenshan / Beijing
– Jame Zimlbelman / Washington.

This volume emerged from the symposium ‘Geomorphology of desert environments and desertification’ of the fifth IGC in Tokyo. The working group is going to have a session titled ‘Interaction between aeolian, fluvial and lacustrine processes’ at the 6th IGC in Zaragoza next September. Abstracts relating to this title and generally about geomorphological processes and palaeoclimatology in dry lands are welcome. Publication of the papers in this session of the 6th IGC as a special issue of an internationally recognized journal has now been discussed in detail.Xiaoping Yang
Table of contents

  • Pradeep S., Brook G. & Marais, E.: A Record of fluvial aggradation in the northern Namib Desert during the Late Quaternary (with 7 figures and 2 tables) 1-18
  • Koko, M. & Runge, J.: La dégradation du milieu naturel en République Centrafricaine (avec 6 photos, 4 figures et 3 tableaux) 19-47
  • AlHasem, A. M.: Coastal geo-morphodynamics of an open-ended tidal channel in an arid and mesotidal environment: Al-Subiya Tidal Channel, Kuwait (with 9 figures and 3 tables) 49-79
  • Grunert J. & Dasch, D.: Dynamics and evolution of dune fields on the northern rim of the Gobi Desert (Mongolia) (with 10 photos and 7 figures) 81-106
  • Jäkel, D.: Initial stages of complex duneforms after rainfall and formation processes of honeycomb and kettle dunes in the Badain Jaran Desert (Shamo) in China (with 50 figures and 1 table) 107-128
  • Yang, X.: Late Quaternary wetter epochs in the southeastern Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia, China (with 6 figures and 2 tables) 129-141










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