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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: Kristen Cook (klcook@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.


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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsfu2rqjIuH9Bj93AANLUyhcCumyydUx6B

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”
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdOygrz4jG9F3wvnIOhVEMKoK2pbj_Pal

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”
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkc-qqpz0sGdfkGSKi1ax-IqcZBAQIFQP6

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”
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuf-qtqTMjHNeNwqYfkdo9mZK0I7xOntlc

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: https://osur.univ-rennes1.fr/LandscapesLive/   

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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: gm@egu.eu 


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: https://www.egu.eu/gm/reports/


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

Paola Passalacqua

Paola Passalacqua

  • 2022
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal

The 2022 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is awarded to Paola Passalacqua for innovative and impactful research on landscape dynamics through a rigorous mathematical approach, including using network theory to study delta systems, alongside outstanding community service.


Nicoletta Leonardi

Nicoletta Leonardi

  • 2022
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2022 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Nicoletta Leonardi for contributions to a new understanding of the geomorphic evolution of coastal landscapes, and deconstructing the drivers of coastal change through development and application of novel modelling tools.


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

Latest posts from the GM blog

[EGU 2022] International Tracing Day – UniVienna – Sunday 22 May

Dear experts of sediment tracing, In addition to the tracing session that will be held during EGU on Monday 23 May in Vienna (in hybrid mode), together with Olivier Evrard (Univ. Paris-Saclay, in copy), we organise an additional International Tracing Day at the Univ. of Vienna on Sunday 22 May (just before EGU starts). After these long months of on-line activities, this will be the opportunity to discuss again in person about the challenges associated with sediment fingerprinting. (No hybrid …

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In the June issue of The Loupe, scientists stress the need for public behaviour change, starting today. Researchers warn of halving snow cover days in the Alps due to high emissions, Ocean Scientist Céline Heuzé advocates for education and behaviour change to protect marine health , and Ilias Grampas sheds light on the European Parliament Intergroup (EP) on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’.

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