- 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 18: Fluids, Flows and Fluxes in Geomorphology
Fluids, Flows and Fluxes in Geomorphology
The surface of the Earth is largely shaped by the action of fluids at a range of temporal and spatial scales. Understanding fluid dynamics is critical to explain and predict changes in the landscape and such an understanding represents in many ways the essence of process geomorphology. The geomorphological tradition includes fundamental contributions to the study of fluid flows and of their effects on the Earth surface. For example, the seminal contributions of Gilbert (1914), Bagnold (1941) and Leopold et al. (1964) have had a lasting influence on the discipline. The movement of fluid is also one of the dynamic characteristics of our environment and it plays a major role in ...