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Division on Geomorphology

President: Peter van der Beek (gm@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Jens Turowski (turowski@gfz-potsdam.de)

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.

News

EGU Geomorphology division 2018 awardees

The 2018 Ralph Alger Bagnold medal will be awarded to Todd Ehlers for most original and fundamental contributions to our understanding of the coupling between climate, tectonics and erosion, and for outstanding community leadership in geomorphology (see full citation here (278.7 KB) ).

The 2018 GM Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award will be awarded to Liran Goren for her application of physical principles implemented with solid mathematical rigour into models of wide application in the Earth-surface sciences (see full citation here (36.3 KB) ).

Dan Parsons elected new GM Division president

Dan Parson's self-nomination for division president can be found here (116.4 KB) . See also his candidate interview on the the GM blog.

Recent awardees

Todd A. Ehlers

Todd A. Ehlers

  • 2018
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2018 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Todd A. Ehlers for original and fundamental contributions to our understanding of the coupling between climate, tectonics and erosion, and for outstanding community leadership in geomorphology.


Liran Goren

Liran Goren

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Liran Goren for her application of physical principles implemented with solid mathematical rigour into models of wide application in the Earth-surface sciences.


Ellen Wohl

Ellen Wohl

  • 2017
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2017 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Ellen Wohl for shaping our thinking on how river systems evolve and function, on the importance of legacy sediments and riverine carbon fluxes.


Dirk Scherler

Dirk Scherler

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Dirk Scherler for his exceptional contributions to geomorphology that are forcing paradigm shifts and will have a long-lasting impact.


Antonius Golly

Antonius Golly

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Antonius Golly Landscape response to rare flood events: a feedback cycle in channel-hillslope coupling


Elizabeth Dingle

Elizabeth Dingle

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Elizabeth Dingle Where does all the gravel go? Abrasion-set limits on Himalayan gravel flux


Maï Bordiec

Maï Bordiec

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Maï Bordiec Periodic bedforms generated by sublimation on terrestrial and martian ice sheets under the influence of the turbulent atmospheric boundary layer

Latest posts from the GM blog

Do glaciers really do all the work? Perhaps not.

Kerry Leith from the Engineering Geology Department at the ETH Zürich set up a post on their latest publication and the backstory behind it. As they announced on their own website (www.stressdriven.com) review comments ranged from “mediocre or poor” to “[…] provocative, potentially revolutionary (if correct) analysis”. – written by Kerry Leith (ETH Zürich)- The great debate At the turn of last century two of Europe’s pre-eminent Earth scientists were embroiled in a long-running debate regarding the processes involved in …


50% Professorship = More time for family and science

Annegret Larsen had the fantastic idea to encourage her colleague Pascal Egli, both from the University of Lausanne, to explore the nature of a shared professorship. Pascal took the chance and interviewed Professor Martin Hoelzle at the Swiss Geoscience meeting in November 2017. Professor Martin Hoelzle is a Geomorphologist/Glaciologist at University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He is also one of very few Professors that share a job, over both of which he speaks in the following interview. – edited by Annegret …


Theoretical Geomorphology: Selling a seemingly boring topic

Anne Voigtländer (TUM Munich) presented her poster at the EGU 2017 and attracted quite some attention. She drew everything per hand and besides chocolate bars and smiling mountains she touched some very interesting topics. Have a look and get inspired! – written by Anne Voigtländer (TUM Munich) – Have you ever tried to sell a text on theoretical geomorphology to students? Or even to your fellow scientists? Why is it a seemingly hard and boring topic? Well, reading a paper …


Getting to know the GM presidency candidates: #2 Jens Turowski

Getting to know the GM presidency candidates: #2 Jens Turowski

During the EGU Election Autumn 2017, all EGU members are asked to give their vote for the next EGU Union President, General Secretary and the Division Presidents until 30 November 2017. The Geomorphology division is in the luxurious situation of having three candidates for division presidency, all of which gathered experience as active members of the EGU GM division structure. In order to get to know the candidates a little better, the early career representatives of the GM division (Annegret …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

We are excited to announce we received over 17,000 EGU 2018 General Assembly abstracts! We look forward to welcoming all participants in Vienna on 8–13 April.

We would also like to remind you that until tomorrow, 31 January, you can apply for the General Assembly Mentoring Programme, either as a mentor, if you are an experienced General Assembly attendee, or as a mentee, if you are a first-timer at the meeting.

Until 15 February, you can enter the Imaggeo Photo Contest for a chance to win a free registration to next year’s General Assembly. You can also apply to receive an EGU Public Engagement Grant, if you have a geoscience outreach project you’d like to develop. Winners receive 1000 EUR and a free registration to next year's General Assembly.

Last but not the least, if you'd like to organise an EGU Galileo Conference, a meeting addressing a well-focused, cutting-edge topic at the frontier of geosciences research, make sure to apply for funding by 28 February.

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