- Subject index
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; and environmental change, including geomorphology and environmental management, geomorphology and society, and planetary geomorphology.
Chapter 14: Biogeomorphology
What is it and Why is it Important?
Biogeomorphology (also commonly referred to as ecogeomorphology) is the branch of geomorphology which focuses on the interactions between ecological and geomorphic processes. As such, it covers a very wide range of subject matter, from the mutual interdependence of microorganisms and weathering on bare rock surfaces to the interactions between forest cover and fluvial dynamics within whole catchments. Biogeomorphic interactions occur in all terrestrial environments, from the hyper-arid zone to the wet tropics, and are also heavily affected by human impacts on the environment. Thus, biogeomorphology has a very broad canvas, one which has global reach and covers many different scales. Biogeomorphology also has many practical applications in terms of environmental management. Geomorphic theory has recently started to ...