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GM Geomorphology Division on Geomorphology

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Division on Geomorphology
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Division on Geomorphology

President: Daniel Parsons (gm@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Giulia Sofia (giulia.sofia@uconn.edu)

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

GM Division meeting 2020:

The slides of the GM Division meeting 2020 are online and can be downloaded here (4.2 MB) .

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“Landscapes Live” - A New Virtual geomorphology seminar series

The current pandemic has highlighted the difficulties of keeping up-to-date with new developments in our field when travel is not possible. However, as we work to transition to a greener future and make our community better serve the needs of all scientists regardless of international mobility, it is important to find ways to share current research remotely. Landscapes Live is a new remote seminar series focused on sharing exciting geomorphology research throughout the international scientific community. 

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EGU21 – Sessions Proposals Open

The EGU General Assembly 2021 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. We aim to organize the EGU General Assembly 2021 as a hybrid on site and virtual meeting; see the provisional format for more details. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you at its General Assembly. See here - https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2021/provisionalprogramme - where you can suggest a session, comment on other sessions or suggest additional convenors in an open and transparent way.

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EGU Geomorphology Division 2020 awardees:

We congratulate Tom Coulthard, University of Hull for receiving the 2020 Ralph Alger Bagnold medal, and Georgie Bennett, University of Exeter for receiving the GM Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award. They will both receive their awards at the General Assembly in May.

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Dan Parsons elected new GM Division president until 2022-23:

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

Recent awardees

Thomas J. Coulthard

Thomas J. Coulthard

  • 2020
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2020 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Thomas J. Coulthard for establishing landscape evolution modelling as a robust approach to geomorphological investigation, changing how geomorphology is studied and communicated, and promoting open research.


Georgina Bennett

Georgina Bennett

  • 2020
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2020 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Georgina Bennett for careful field measurements and aligned earth observation; Georgina’s innovative approaches have unlocked new understanding of key controls on landslide mechanics and resultant landscape evolution.


David L. Egholm

David L. Egholm

  • 2019
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2019 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to David L. Egholm for shaping our thinking about glacial landscape evolution by effectively addressing many topical, big-picture problems through the judicious use of numerical models.


Elena Serra

Elena Serra

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Elena Serra Late-glacial to Holocene sediment dynamics in high Alpine regions – Insights from multimethodological approach on aeolian deposits (Sanetsch Pass, Switzerland)


Marco Tangi

Marco Tangi

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Marco Tangi CASCADE : a toolbox for network-scale sediment connectivity assessment


Yvonne Smit

Yvonne Smit

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Yvonne Smit Prediction of beach surface moisture with ModFlow modeled groundwater fluctuations for the purpose of aeolian sand transport


Giulia Sofia

Giulia Sofia

  • 2019
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2019 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Giulia Sofia for developing cutting-edge techniques for understanding geomorphic processes and land-use history with high-resolution topographic data, and quantifying human impact on the landscape.

Latest posts from the GM blog

Pandemics vs. Academia: How do German geomorphologists deal with teaching, research projects and online conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Pandemics vs. Academia: How do German geomorphologists deal with teaching, research projects and online conferences during the COVID-19 pandemic?

– Authors: The German Young Geomorphologists (Renee van Dongen, Jörn Profe, Steffi Tofelde, Janek Walk, Mario Kirchhoff, Julian Trappe, Johannes Buckel, Stefan Haselberger, Simon Meyer-Heintze) – COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the world this year. We as scientists are affected by this pandemic, but we can mostly work from home and most importantly, we can conduct our jobs. Nonetheless, certain things have changed for us. Many of us had to find new ways and formats to switch from classroom teaching to …


Interview with the Steepest Descent Organizers

The Steepest Descent is a yearly one-day meeting taking place in Vienna, Austria, close to the EGU general assembly. Participants have the opportunity to see a few keynote talks by outstanding geomorphologists and to discuss their posters in a more informal and geomorphology-focused community than at the EGU. Despite its youth, the Steepest Descent Meeting seems to have lost its aura of a niche-event, and it may already be considered as a must for our community. In the team of …


New remote geomorphology seminar series “Landscapes Live” beginning 28 May 2020

New remote geomorphology seminar series “Landscapes Live” beginning 28 May 2020

The current pandemic has highlighted the difficulties of keeping up-to-date with new developments in our field when travel is not possible. However, as we work to transition to a greener future and make our community better serve the needs of all scientists regardless of international mobility, it is important to find ways to share current research remotely. Landscapes Live is a new remote seminar series focused on sharing exciting geomorphology research throughout the international scientific community. The remote format allows …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

As part of EGU’s Mineral Month, the September 2020 newsletter commemorates Friedrich Mohs, a German geologist who invented the Mohs Hardness Scale, thereby changing the way people study minerals to this very day. This issue also announces the upcoming EGU-European Parliament Intergroup virtual science-policy event, which will bring together geoscientists, policymakers, and industry representatives on 30 September to discuss how Earth, planetary, and space science researchers can support the European Green Deal.

Other upcoming events include the next EGU webinar on European Research Council grants, to be held on 19 October, and the annual EGU plenary meeting, which will be held virtually on 22 October.

The Loupe also features the latest EGU blogs, science policy news, and a call for new members of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Be sure to apply by 21 October!

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