This four volume set begins by examining the knowledge of physical geography: from the quantitative revolution to current state of mathematical models. The principal environment spheres - for example, the biosphere - are examined to show the greater concern with environmental dynamics now central to the discipline. This work includes studies of environmental change, looking at short term as well as longer term change, and evaluating aspects of global change. Volume IV focuses on the total physical environment, examining human activity and human impact; environmental hazards; and applied physical geography.
SAGE Fundamentals of Geography is a series of authoritative Major Works in Human Geography and Physical Geography edited by internationally recognised scholars. The first two in the series are overview volumes on these two main subject areas. Taken together, these two sets demonstrate what is singular about the geographical imagination and the unique contribution its diverse perspectives makes to human science and natural science, as well as the link it provides between the human and the natural.
Volume One: The Scope of Physical Geography PART ONE: RECENT EVOLUTION The Role and Relations of Physical Geography - R J Chorley Geomorphology and General Systems Theory - R J Chorley Developments in Physical Geography - R Gardner Changing Physical Environment and Changing Physical Geography - K J Gregory Valuing Physical Geography - K J Gregory Restructuring Physical Geography - K J Gregory, A M Gurnell and G E Petts Previous Actors and Current Influences - P Sims Trends and Fashions in Physical Geography PART TWO: POSITION STATEMENTS Particulars in Context - L R Barrett Maintaining a Balance in Soil Geography Methodology in Climatology - A M Carleton Imaging Spectrometry - P J Curran The Nature of Physical Geography - A S Goudie A View from the Drylands Atmospheric Physiography and Meteorological Modelling - A Henderson-Sellers The Future Role of Geographers in Understanding Climate Environmental Stability - M R Moss Biogeomorphology Revisited - L A Naylor, H A Viles and N E A Carter Looking Towards the Future Geography and the Physical Sciences Tradition - K S Richards Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives on Physical Geography with Emphasis on Geomorphology - B L Rhoads and C E Thorn Lilies and Peacocks - I G Simmons A View of Biogeography PART THREE: CHALLENGES The Re-Enchantment of Geomorphology - V R Baker and C R Twidale Changing the Nature of Physical Geography - K J Gregory A Room with a View - K K Hirschboeck Some Geographic Perspectives on Dilettantism, Cross-Training and Scale in Hydrology New Climatologists for a New Climatology - A W Perry Methodology, Scale and the Field of Dreams - J D Phillips Laws, Contingencies, Irreversible Divergence and Physical Geography - J D Phillips Theory, Measurement and Testing in 'Real' Geomorphology and Physical Geography - K Richards et al Beyond Pragmatism - B L Rhoads The Value of Philosophical Discourse for Physical Geography Biogeography and Ecology in Crisis - P Stott The Urgent Need for a New Metalanguage Towards a Non-Equilibrium Ecology - S Sullivan Perspectives from an Arid Land Volume 2: Environmental Dynamics PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF PROCESS Geographic Evaluation of Climatic and Climatogenetic Geomorphology - L Holzner and G D Weaver A Nine-Unit Hypothetical Landsurface Model - J B Dalyrmple, A J Conacher and R J Blong Climate, Models and Geography - A Henderson-Sellers The Future of Modelling in Physical Geography - M J Kirkby Magnitude and Frequency of Forces in Geomorphic Processes - M G Wolman and J P Miller Relative Scales of Time and Effectiveness of Climate in Watershed Geomorphology - M G Wolman and R A Gerson PART TWO: SUMMARIES AND REVIEWS Natural Hazards - D Alexander Physical and Boundary Layer Climatology - A J Brazel et al Hydrology - N J Clifford The Changing Paradigm Geomorphic Thresholds in Riverine Landscapes - M Church Subsurface Influences - D R Coates Hierarchies and Spatial Scale in Process Geomorphology - D H De Boer A Review Glacial Erosional Landforms - N F Glasser and M R Bennett Origins and Significance for Palaeoglaciology Glacial Geomorphology - J M Harbor Modelling, Processes and Landforms Environmental Modelling - S Lane Coastal Geomorphology through the Looking Glass - D J Sherman and B O Bauer The Ecology of Erosion - J B Thornes Soil Processes and Their Significance - S Trudgill Rainfall, Runoff and Erosion of the Land - D E Walling A Global View Quantifying Chaos in the Atmosphere - R W Washington Tectonic Geomorphology, Uplift Rates and Geomorphic Response in New Zealand - P W Williams PART THREE: FUTURE DIRECTIONS Fluvial Geomorphology - D G Smith Where Do We Go from Here? Downscaling General Circulation Model Output - R A Wilby and T M L Wigley A Review of Methods and Limitations Volume Three: Environmental Change PART ONE: SOME FOUNDATIONS Evidence for Environmental Change - M Bell and M J C Walker The Rate Law in Fluvial Geomorphology - W L Graf The Future of the Past - F Oldfield Time, Space and Causality in Geomorphology - S A Schumm and R W Lichty Geomorphic Thresholds - S A Schumm The Concept and Its Applications A Cycle of Sedimentation and Erosion in Urban River Channels - M G Wolman PART TWO: SUMMARIES, REVIEWS AND EXAMPLES Environmental Change in the Kalahari - A J Doughill, D S G Thomas and A L Heathwaite Integrated Land Degradation Studies for Nonequilibrium Dryland Environments The Changing Human Impact - A S Goudie Tropical Deforestation and Climate Change - K L O'Brien Quaternary Pollen Analysis - H Seppa and K D Bennett Recent Progress in Palaeoecology and Palaeoclimatology The Nature of Global Environmental Change - H O Slaymaker and T Spencer Past Climates and Future Greenhouse Warming - F A Street Perrott and N Roberts Late Quaternary Instability in the Humid and Sub-Humid Tropics - M F Thomas PART THREE: PROSPECTS AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY LINKS Sudden Climate Transitions during the Quaternary - J Adams, M Maslin and E Thomas Fluvial Processes and Environmental Change - A G Brown and T Quine An Overview Learning from the Past - A G Brown Palaeohydrology and Palaeoecology The Changing Geomorphology of the Humid Tropics - A Gupta Large Increases in Flood Magnitude in Response to Modest Changes in Climate - J C Knox The East Antarctic Ice Sheet - D E Sugden Unstable Ice or Unstable Ideas? Changing Rates of Overbank Sedimentation on the Floodplains of British Rivers during the past 100 Years - D E Walling and Q He Volume Four: Cultural Physical Geography PART ONE: SOME FOUNDATIONS Human Ecology (Cultural Ecology) - D Alexander The Realm of Cultural-Human Ecology - K W Butzer Adaptation and Change in Historical Perspective Geomorphic Engineering - D R Coates Evaluating Environmental Potential - V Gardiner Preface, Introduction, Propsect to Design with Nature - I L McHarg Twenty Years of Systematic Physical Geography - M D Newson Issues for a 'New Environmental Age' Landscape and Environment - N Spedding Biophysical Processes, Biophysical Forms PART TWO: PERTINENT CONTRIBUTIONS Towards an Approach to Sustainable River Restoration - A Brookes and F D Shields The Assessment of Land Resources - D A Davidson Achievements and New Challenges Geomorphology and Natural Hazards - P A Gares, D J Sherman and K F Nordstrom Dam Nation - W L Graf A Geographic Census of American Dams and Their Large-Scale Hydrologic Impacts Sustainable Development and Sustainable Landscapes - R Haines-Young Defining a New Paradigm for Landscape Ecology Landscape Ecology and Biogeography - J A Kupfer Geography and the Global Environment - D M Liverman Ethics and Sustainability - M G Reed and O Slaymaker A Preliminary Perspective Cultural Climatology - J Thornes and G McGregor PART THREE: FURTHER POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS Damage Control - W L Graf Restoring the Physical Integrity of America's Rivers Land Reclamation and Deep Ecology - M J Haigh In Search of a More Meaningful Physical Geography Climate Whispers - A Henderson Sellers Media Communication about Climate Change Biotechnology and Environmental Quality - A M Mannion Civic Science and Global Environmental Change - T O'Riordan Human Impacts on the Environment - J D Phillips Unpredictability and the Primacy of Place Human Activity Transforming and Designing River Landscapes - K J Gregory A Review Perspective The 'Real' World and Its Alternatives - I G Simmons