Geomorphology in the Anthropocene

Geomorphology in the Anthropocene

by Andrew S. Goudie, Heather A. Viles


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Geomorphology in the Anthropocene by Andrew S. Goudie, Heather A. Viles

The Anthropocene is a major new concept in the Earth sciences and this book examines the effects on geomorphology within this period. Drawing examples from many different global environments, this comprehensive volume demonstrates that human impact on landforms and land-forming processes is profound, due to various driving forces, including: use of fire; extinction of fauna; development of agriculture, urbanisation, and globalisation; and new methods of harnessing energy. The book explores the ways in which future climate change due to anthropogenic causes may further magnify effects on geomorphology, with respect to future hazards such as floods and landslides, the state of the cryosphere, and sea level. The book concludes with a consideration of the ways in which landforms are now being managed and protected. Covering all major aspects of geomorphology, this book is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students studying geomorphology, environmental science and physical geography, and for all researchers of geomorphology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107139961
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2016
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew S. Goudie is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He specialises in the study of desert processes and climate change, and has worked in the Middle East, India and Pakistan, East Africa, Southern Africa, Australia, and the USA. From 2005 to 2009, Professor Goudie was President of the International Association of Geomorphologists and he has also been President of the Geographical Association, President of Section E of the British Association, and Chairman of the British Geomorphological Research Group. He was the recipient of the Farouk El-Baz Prize for Desert Research from the Geological Society of America in 2007 and the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 1991.

Heather Viles is Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding weathering and rock breakdown in coastal, arid, and urban environments, and applying that knowledge to conserving heritage sites. She also works extensively on the links between geomorphology and ecology. Professor Viles has been Chairman of the British Society for Geomorphologists, Vice President (fieldwork) of the Royal Geographical Society, and is currently on the executive committee of the International Association of Geomorphologists. She received the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal from the European Geosciences Union in 2015 for establishing the field of biogeomorphology.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction to the Anthropocene and anthropogeomorphology; 2. Drivers of anthropogeomorphological change; 3. Construction and excavation; 4. Subsidence in the Anthropocene; 5. Weathering processes in the Anthropocene; 6. Hillslope processes in the Anthropocene; 7. Fluvial processes and forms in the Anthropocene; 8. Aeolian processes and forms in the Anthropocene; 9. Coastal processes and forms in the Anthropocene; 10. Cryospheric processes and forms in the Anthropocene; 11. Conclusions on the relationships between geomorphology and the Anthropocene; References; Index.

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