Rocky Coast Working Group
Prof. David M. Kennedy
Introduction to WG activity
The rocky coast working group of the IAG/AIG was established in 2005 to further geomorphic enquiry into a relatively unstudied landform system, the rocky coast. The working group was extended in 2009 (Melbourne) and 2013 (Paris). The working group currently has around 80 members in 20 countries and is continuing an active academic and policy discussion on the evolution and dynamics of rock coasts. It has seen the development of a process-approach to rocky coasts and application of new radioisotope methodologies (e.g. cosmogenic dating) to the study of cliffs and shore platforms.
Preparations are under way for the International Coastal Symposium to be held in Sydney in early 2016.
The working group has been active in organizing and participating in rocky coast sessions at many major international conferences.
Activity is also focused on a Special Issue of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms with many articles already in print. The online virtual issue will soon be available.
The working group has successfully produced special issues of Marine Geology and Geomorphology and has sponsored many special sessions at international conferences from the European Geophysical Union to the IAG/AIG regional and general congresses.
The most recent publication from the working group is
‘Rock Coast Geomorphology: A global perspective’ published by the Geological Society.