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GM Geomorphology Division on Geomorphology

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Division on Geomorphology

Division on Geomorphology

President: Daniel Parsons (
Deputy President: Giulia Sofia (

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.

Latest News & Events

 EGU CampFire - Landscapes Live  - the Virtual Webinar Series in Geomorphology 

EGU CampFires bring together the geoscience community across the year in between our General Assemblies.  We hope that this will meet the needs of the current pandemic but also help us in our transition to a greener future and ensure that EGU is able to better serve the needs of all scientists regardless of international mobility. 

Landscapes Live is the Geomorphology Division's virtual webinar series focused on sharing exciting geomorphology research throughout the international scientific community. 

The latest Summer 2021 Landscapes Live series is availale here:

Benjamin Keisling (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) - Thursday the 13th of May 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“Past as prologue: how archives help us predict the fate of Earth’s ice sheets and the future of our discipline”
To regsiter:

Tamara Pico (University of California, Santa Cruz) - Thursday the 20th of May 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“In and out of the last ice age: Insights into the influence of glacial isostatic adjustment on landscape evolution in North America”
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Seulgi Moon (University of California, Los Angeles) - Thursday the 27th of May 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“Topographic stress influence on fractures, surface processes, and landscape evolution”
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Giulia Sofia (University of Connecticut) - Thursday the 3rd of June 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“Digital Analysis and Terrain Mapping. The way forward in geomorphology”
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Jane L. Andersen (Aarhus University) - Thursday the 10th of June 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“Exploring erosion patterns beneath high-latitude ice sheets – case studies from Scandinavia and Greenland”

Laura Quick (University of Edinburgh) - Thursday the 17th of June 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“To Be Announced”

Anne Voigtländer (GFZ Potsdam) - Thursday the 24th of June 2021 at 2pm GMT (4pm CET):
“Optimal stress states for geomorphologists”

All previous talks through 2020 and Spring 2021 are available and can be view here:   


Previous Talks include:

  • Thursday 11th February at 4pm CET: Heather Viles, Oxford University
  • Thursday 18th February at 4 pm CET: Edwin Baynes, Loughborough University
  • Thursday 25th February at 4 pm CET: Allison Pfeiffer, Western Washington University
  • Thursday 4th March at 4 pm CET: Karl Lang, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Thursday 11th March at 4 pm CET: Ajay Limaye, University of Virginia
  • Thursday 18th March at 4 pm CET: Roman DiBiase, Pennsylvania State University   
  • Thursday 25th March at 4 pm CET: Simon Mudd, University of Edinburgh      

We are already planning additional talks later this spring. If you want to know more about this initiative, please get in touch: 

EGU Geomorphology Division 2021 awardees:

We congratulate Jo Bullard, University of Loughborough for receiving the 2021 Ralph Alger Bagnold medal, and Louise Slater, University of Oxford for receiving the GM Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award. They will both receive their awards at the forthcoming General Assembly.

GM Division meeting 2021:

The slides of the GM Division meeting 2021 are online and can be downloaded here:

Dan Parsons elected new GM Division president until 2023:

Dan Parsons has been duly elected for a second term as Divison President. His nomination for President can be found here. See also his candidate interview is available on the the GM blog.

Recent awardees

Joanna E. Bullard

Joanna E. Bullard

  • 2021
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2021 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Joanna E. Bullard for sustained innovative, perceptive, and productive studies of arid-land geomorphology, aeolian processes, and dust in the Earth system, alongside outstanding community leadership.

Louise J. Slater

Louise J. Slater

  • 2021
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2021 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Louise J. Slater for recognition of outstanding contributions in the field at the interface of river geomorphology and hydrology; exploring the drivers of changing flood hazard and risk over time and space.

Elisabeth Schönfeldt

Elisabeth Schönfeldt

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Elisabeth Schönfeldt Detect Giant Landslides with Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN)

Jingtao Lai

Jingtao Lai

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Jingtao Lai Climatic controls on mountain glacier basal thermal regimes dictate spatial patterns of glacial erosion

Maximillian Van Wyk de Vries

Maximillian Van Wyk de Vries

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Maximillian Van Wyk de Vries Resolving pre-collapse slope motion of the February 2021 Chamoli rock-ice avalanche via feature tracking of optical satellite imagery and DEM differencing

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

In the December issue of The Loupe we learn about the vital importance of mountain glaciers with Harry Zekollari in this month’s special webinar Vanishing Glaciers and seak to ECS Cryosphere Division blogger Larissa van der Laan about her work on glaciers and how she uses science-art in her career as a researcher and artist.

You can also watch the free recording of our special webinar about Digitalk:online (geo)science communication, available now on our YouTube channel.

Don’t forget to submit your abstract for EGU22, which is still intended to be held as a hybrid event 3 – 8 April 2022! Find out more here as well as information about the registration fees and submit your abstract by 12 January 2022 at 13.00 CET.

In addition this issue also shares the latest Journal Watch and GeoRoundup of December EGU journal highlights.

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