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 applications of the discipline.
Organized into five substantive 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; geomorphology and environmental management; and geomorphology and society
* Techniques and Approaches: including observations and experiments; geomorphological mapping; the significance of models; process and form; dating surfaces and sediment; remote sensing in geomorphology; GIS in geomorphology; biogeomorphology; human activity
* Process and Environment: including the evolution of regolith; weathering; fluids, flows and fluxes; sediment transport and deposition; hill slopes; riverine environments; glacial geomorphology; periglacial environments; coastal environments; aeolian environments; tropical environments; karst and karst processes
* Environmental Change: including landscape evolution and tectonics; interpreting quaternary environments; environmental change; disturbance and responses to geomorphic systems
* Conclusion: including challenges and perspectives; and a concluding review
The Handbook has contributions from 48 international authors and was initially organized by the International Association of Geomorphologists. This will be a much-used and much-cited reference for researchers in Geomorphology, Physical Geography and the Environmental Sciences.
Ken Gregory obtained his BSc, PhD and DSc from the University of London, was made CBE in 2007 for services to geography and higher education, and is currently President of the British Society for Geomorphology. Research interests include river channel change and management, palaeohydrology and the development of physical geography, and he has written more than 140 papers, authored and edited 30 books including The Earth's Land Surface (2010) and The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology (2011). He has 3 Honorary degrees, and received the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (1993), the Linton award of the BGRG (1999), and the Geographical medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (2000). Andrew Goudie is Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and President of the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
Introduction to the Discipline of Geomorphology - Kenneth J. Gregory and Andrew Goudie PART ONE: FOUNDATION AND RELEVANCE Geomorphology: Its Early History - Andrew Goudie The Nature of Explanation in Geomorphology - Keith Richards and Nicholas J. Clifford The Role and Character of Theory in Geomorphology - Bruce L. Rhoads and Colin E. Thorn Geomorphology in Environmental Management - Peter W. Downs and Derek B. Booth Geomorphology and Society - Mathias Kondolf and Herve Piegay PART TWO: TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES Observations and Experiments - Michael Church Geomorphological Mapping - Mike J. Smith and Colin F. Pain The Significance of Models in Geomorphology: From Concepts to Experiments - Nicholas A. Odoni and Stuart N. Lane Process and Form - Richard Huggett Dating Surfaces and Sediments - Tony G. Brown Remote Sensing in Geomorphology - Tom G. Farr Geographic Information Systems in Geomorphology - Takashi Oguchi and Thad A. Wasklewicz Biogeomorphology - Heather Viles Human Activity and Geomorphology - Denes Loczy and Laszlo S to PART THREE: PROCESS AND ENVIRONMENTS The Evolution of Regolith - Graham Taylor Rock Surface and Weathering: Process and Form - David A. Robinson and Cherith A. Moses Fluids, Flows and Fluxes in Geomorphology - Andre G. Roy and Helene Lamarre Sediment Transport and Deposition - Jeff Warburton Hillslopes - David Petley Riverine Environments - Jim Pizzuto Glacial Geomorphology - John Menzies Periglacial Environments - Hugh French Coastal Environments - Colin D. Woodroffe, Peter J. Cowell, Mark E. Dickson Aeolian Environments - Joanna E. Bullard Tropical Environments - Michael Thomas and Vishwas Kale Geomorphology Underground: The Study of Karst and Karst Processes - D. C. Ford, and P. W. Williams, PART FOUR: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE Landscape Evolution and Tectonics - Paul Bishop Interpreting Quaternary Environments - Anne Mather Environmental Change - Martin Williams Disturbance and Responses in Geomorphic Systems - Jonathan D. Phillips PART FIVE: CONCLUSION Challenges and Perspectives - Mike Crozier, P. Bierman, Andreas Lang and Victor R. Baker Conclusion - Kenneth J. Gregory and Andrew Goudie