2. Geomorphology in the relation with human society

In this session we will investigate the relative importance of human activity, in contemporary and near-future landscape change. Broad recognition of the human role in altering Earth’s surface requires an intricate knowledge of the linkages between geomorphic processes and landscape change to develop effective management and policy strategies. Theoretical and applied studies are both welcome, including research that examines the integration of geomorphology with environmental management and policy (indirectly or directly).

a. Geomorphic, pedogenetic processes and hazards

This session addresses the criteria for detecting transient states and landform inheritance in present day landscapes, with contributions welcome from field geomorphology and mapping, stratigraphic and other correlation methods, surface-exposure and other dating methods, geomorphometry, and surface process modelling. Climate change, that directly affects land surface dynamics, also has a huge impact on such hazards.

 b. Methods in Geomorphology

This session including: Modelling in geomorphology; Remote sensing; GIS and spatial analysis; Statistics in geomorphology; Applied geomorphological mapping; Recent advances in surveying technology and better availability of high precision surveying tools made it easy for geomorphologists to benefit from data with higher spatial resolution as well as data with much better precision than just 10 years ago. Applied, engineering and modern geomorphological mapping methods have seen dramatic advances over the last few years. The availability of new - portable - hardware for field data collection, software and methods for geospatial analysis (including open source), data from new satellites and sensors, journals publishing maps and the increased awareness among many professionals that applied geomorphological mapping has fostered research on, and application of, geomorphological maps.

This international conference will envisage the recent dynamics, territorial and socio-economic challenges in relation to all economic and social processes in the light of the new economic philosophy of crisis. . It has a special focus on economic development, urban – rural development, territorial planning, environmental changes, education, health behaviours, social assistance, well-being, tourism and planning with the consideration of the future challenges for creating sustainable cities and rural communities. In highlighting examples of good practice the conference provides a high profile platform to advance the evidence base for territorial economic and social changes for both urban and rural communities to a number of significant audiences.

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