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The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology

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June 2011 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Geomorphology is the study of the Earth's diverse physical land surface features and the dynamic processes that shape these features. Examining natural and anthropogenic processes, The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology is a comprehensive exposition of the fundamentals of geomorphology that examines form, process, and history in the discipline.

Organized into four sections, the Handbook is an overview of:

  • Foundations and Relevance: including the nature and scope of geomorphology, the origins and development of geomorphology, the role and character of theory in geomorphology, the significance of models and abstractions to geomorphology.
  • Techniques and Approaches: including geomorphological mapping, field observations and experimental design, remote sensing in geomorphology, quantifying rates of erosion, measuring fluid flows and sediment fluxes, dating surfaces and sediment, GIS in geomorphology, and modelling landforms and processes.
  • Process and Environment: including rock weathering, the evolution of regolith, hill slopes, riverine environments, glacial environments, periglacial environments, coastal environments, desert environments, karst landscapes, environmental change and anthropogenic activity.
  • Environmental Change: including geomorphology and environmental management, geomorphology and society, and planetary geomorphology.

Kenneth J. Gregory and Andrew Goudie
Introduction to the Discipline of Geomorphology
 
PART ONE: FOUNDATION AND RELEVANCE
Andrew Goudie
Geomorphology: Its Early History
Keith Richards and Nicholas J. Clifford
The Nature of Explanation in Geomorphology
Bruce L. Rhoads and Colin E. Thorn
The Role and Character of Theory in Geomorphology
Peter W. Downs and Derek B. Booth
Geomorphology in Environmental Management
Mathias Kondolf and Hervé Piégay
Geomorphology and Society
 
PART TWO: TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES
Michael Church
Observations and Experiments
Mike J. Smith and Colin F. Pain
Geomorphological Mapping
Nicholas A. Odoni and Stuart N. Lane
The Significance of Models in Geomorphology: From Concepts to Experiments
Richard Huggett
Process and Form
Tony G. Brown
Dating Surfaces and Sediments
Tom G. Farr
Remote Sensing in Geomorphology
Takashi Oguchi and Thad A. Wasklewicz
Geographic Information Systems in Geomorphology
Heather Viles
Biogeomorphology
Dénes Lóczy and László S to
Human Activity and Geomorphology
 
PART THREE: PROCESS AND ENVIRONMENTS
Graham Taylor
The Evolution of Regolith
David A. Robinson and Cherith A. Moses
Rock Surface and Weathering: Process and Form
André G. Roy and Hélène Lamarre
Fluids, Flows and Fluxes in Geomorphology
Jeff Warburton
Sediment Transport and Deposition
David Petley
Hillslopes
Jim Pizzuto
Riverine Environments
John Menzies
Glacial Geomorphology
Hugh French
Periglacial Environments
Colin D. Woodroffe, Peter J. Cowell, Mark E. Dickson
Coastal Environments
Joanna E. Bullard
Aeolian Environments
Michael Thomas and Vishwas Kale
Tropical Environments
D. C. Ford, and P. W. Williams,
Geomorphology Underground: The Study of Karst and Karst Processes
 
PART FOUR: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Paul Bishop
Landscape Evolution and Tectonics
Anne Mather
Interpreting Quaternary Environments
Martin Williams
Environmental Change
Jonathan D. Phillips
Disturbance and Responses in Geomorphic Systems
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
Mike Crozier, P. Bierman, Andreas Lang and Victor R. Baker
Challenges and Perspectives
Kenneth J. Gregory and Andrew Goudie
Conclusion

Geomorphology has been substantially transformed over the past couple of decades and it is fitting that the peak international body should generate a comprehensive description at this time. The book provides an overview of the whole discipline, instructive to those insiders who may have become absorbed in one of its many branches as well as to those outside the discipline, bringing them up to date on the state of geomorphology in the early 21st century
Geographical Research


[The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology is] aimed primarily at academics, researchers and postgraduate students... The handbook considered here comprises 33 chapters written and co-written by 49 contributors from around the world, but predominantly from North America, the UK and Australia. It is edited by two eminent and committed British geomorphologists with long careers and impeccable credentials for the task... [The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology] provides

excellent up-to-date summaries of the current state of knowledge and reading lists for different areas of the subject, as well as succinct reviews of different stages of the historical development of the discipline.
Richard A Shakesby
Swansea University


This book is a very well source for geographers, geomorphologists, geologists and others, this work represents a comprehensive treatment of geomorphology.

Mr Abdallah Zaki
Physical Geography, Ain Shams University
May 26, 2015

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