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Division on Geomorphology (GM)

President: Peter van der Beek,
Deputy President: Jens Turowski,

Geomorphology is the scientific study of land-surface features and the dynamic processes that shape them. Besides focusing on the diverse physical landscapes of the Earth, geomorphologists also study surfaces of other planets. Understanding landform history and dynamics, and predicting future changes through a combination of field observations, physical experiments, and numerical modelling is at the heart of geomorphology. The division brings together research on processes that build topography trough e.g. the effects of tectonic forces as well as processes that modify the terrain such as weathering, erosion through running water, waves, glacial ice, wind and gravitational forces. Division members also study the impact of humans on geomorphological processes and investigate how geomorphological knowledge can be applied to solve problems of relevance to societies.

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Nominations for EGU 2017 awards

The Geomorphology Division awards the Ralph Alger Bagnold medal to individuals in recognition of their outstanding scientific contribution to the study of geomorphology, and also awards an Outstanding Young Scientists award to recognise remarkable scientific achievements in the field of geomorphology by an early-career scientist.

You can nominate candidates for the 2017 awards until 15 June 2016. These awards are led by the EGU membership so please get involved in the nomination process! Information on the nomination procedure can be found on the EGU Awards and Medals webpage, and details of previous GM awardees can be found here and here.

EGU 2016 summary

A huge thank you to all who attended this year’s meeting and contributed to the Geomorphology Division science programme. The 2016 meeting saw 1680 abstracts submitted to 69 GM led and co-organised sessions, including 25 oral slots, 4 interdisciplinary events and 2 dedicated PICO sessions.

Award lectures

This year’s winners were Niels Hovius , recipient of the Ralph Alger Bagnold medal for his outstanding research in the field of Earth surface science, as well as for being a key figure in European geomorphology and a versatile interdisciplinary scientist and Pierre Valla , recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientists award.

Workshops and Short Courses

This year we had a packed programme of events, for early career scientists, including workshops on supervising and tutoring students, digital terrain analysis, Bayesian modelling, publishing in GM, and the ever popular ‘Meet the Master' with this year’s master, Andreas Lang.

Social events

The annual Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Reception was sponsored by Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and the British Society for Geomorphology . The “Junge Geomorphologen ” from Germany and the Postgraduate Forum  of the British Society for Geomorphology hosted the third annual social evening for Young Geomorphologists (and those that still feel young!). Everyone had a great evening of stimulating geomorphological discussion over reasonably priced beer and traditional Viennese food. This event grows in popularity year on year so we hope you can join us in 2017!

GM Division Meeting

The EGU Division on Geomorphology organises a Division Meeting each year at the EGU General Assembly. During this event, the division president reports on division activities (awards and medals, publications, current and next year General Assemblies), Union-wide news, presents the current division officers and runs the election of new ones. Thanks to all who attended and contributed this year’s meeting. The minutes and slides from the 2016 and previous years’ meetings are available in the report section .

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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Do you need support from the EGU to organise a meeting in the Earth, planetary or space sciences? Up until 31 July 2016, we welcome proposals for topical meetings, training schools and workshops, as well as applications for EGU sponsorship of external meetings, for the year 2017. Find out more about this funding opportunity and how to apply on our website.

In other news, EGU journals, published by Copernicus Publications, now display the most recent Thomson Reuters Impact Factors (IFs). Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf) and Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) have now received their first impact factors: IF 2.000 and IF 1.071, respectively.

On the policy front, the EGU has been developing its engagement with science-for-policy activities, which includes an updated policy section on the EGU website. A highlight from this section is an overview of major EGU research areas that are directly related to policy issues.

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