Tectonic Geomorphology Working Group
Prof. Paola Fredi
Dr. José Vicente Pérez Peña
Universidad de Granada (Spain)
Introduction to WG activity
International literature testifies to the wide scientific interest on the understanding of mechanisms that drive interactions among Earth surface processes and tectonic/climate forcing, as well as their mutual feedback relationships. Therefore, considerable research has been focused on the development of tools and methods for deciphering the geomorphic evidence for the time/space interactions between climate and tectonics. The complex interaction between regional and local tectonics (regional uplift/subsidence and faulting), morpho-climatic factors, and rock types causes differences in both erosional/depositional and gravitational slope processes related to drainage evolution and slope dynamics in response to local and regional base level changes and to differential rock uplift. Such a dynamic response leaves (sometimes subtle) fingerprints on the landscape, which can testify also to the presence of hazardous phenomena, related to tectonics (e.g., earthquakes and volcanic events), gravity (landslides), and climatic events. Typically blending of geomorphological characterization and of dating (relative and absolute) is required to define geomorphic markers that are useful to constrain progressive landscape evolution, to estimate intermediate time-scale erosion and/or deposition rates, and to make geomorphology an increasingly quantitative disclipline. By characterizing geomorphic features like drainage network, hillslopes, and geomorphic markers, tectonic geomorphology focuses on the development of qualitative/quantitative tools for defining the effects of active tectonics on landscapes and for reconstructing the tectonic record through interpreting deformed landscapes. Given the rapid growth of new tools and persepctives (e.g., DEMs, geodesy, cosmogenic nuclides, analytical algorithms, numerical modeling, quantitative stratigraphy) to decipher the influence of tectonics in shaping landscapes and to define tectonic histories though landscape analysis, the IAG Tectonic Geomorphology WG was established with the following general aims:
1. methodological improvements as result of comparison and integration of different approaches and disciplines
2. promoting international cooperation, training activities, and thematic workshops.
CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP
The original proposal to establish Tectonic Geomorphology Working Group was endorsed by a number of individuals who are listed at the end of this message. However, the activity of WG is open to everyone from international Earth Sciences community. Anyone interested in getting involved, please contact the Chair of the Working Group.
Initial Organising Group
- Paola Fredi (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)
- Monique Fort (Université Paris Diderot – Paris VII, France)
- Giandomenico Fubelli (Università di Roma TRE, Italy)
- José Miguel Azañón Hernandez (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
- Francisco Gutiérrez (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain)
- Stefano Gori (INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy)
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LIST OF MEMBERS
|José Miguel AZAÑON HÉRNANDEZ||(Spain)|
|Marta DELLA SETA||(Italy)|
|Elvidio LUPIA PALMIERI||(Italy)|
|José Vicente PERÉZ PEÑA||(Spain)|