(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

The trajectory of geomorphology

published at : Special Issue : The future of geomorphology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CHURCH M. (1) ;
(1) Univ. of British Columbia, Geography dept., Vancouver, CANADA


Modern geomorphology was founded in the nineteenth century as an exercise of historical interpretation of landscapes. After the mid-twentieth century it dominantly became a quest to understand the processes by which landscapes are modified. The period also saw the emergence of an applied geomorphology. Toward the end of the twentieth century the subject was transformed by improved technologies for remote sensing and surveying of Earth’s surface, the advent of personal computation and of large-scale computation, and important developments of absolute dating techniques. These technical innovations in turn promoted recognition of geomorphology as a ‘system science’ and facilitated the reintegration of tectonics into geomorphology. Finally, increasing recognition of the dominance of human agency in contemporary modification of Earth’s terrestrial surface has become a significant theme


Thematical fascicle

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 34, no 3 [pp. 265-286]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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