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Badlands Dynamics in a Context of Global Change - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130544, 9780128130551

Badlands Dynamics in a Context of Global Change

1st Edition

Editors: Estela Nadal-Romero Juan Martinez-Murillo Nikolaus Kuhn
Paperback ISBN: 9780128130544
eBook ISBN: 9780128130551
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 10th August 2018
Page Count: 336
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Badlands Dynamics in the Context of Global Change presents the newest ideas concerning badland formation and relates them to the larger context of global change. The book provides an overview of badland landforms and covers a variety of interdisciplinary topics, such as runoff generation, erosion processes and rates, the potential for modeling badland systems, and emerging technologies in research. It is an ideal resource for geomorphologists, physical geographers and soil scientists interested in this terrain and how it relates to land degradation in other environments.

Key Features

  • Provides a global understanding of the complex dynamics of badlands through geology, geomorphology and soil science
  • Covers critical material properties for badlands development based on current knowledge and new data
  • Includes vegetation dynamics in different badlands systems and their relationship with geomorphology dynamics


Geomorphologists, geologists, physical geographers, soil scientists. Hydrologists, land managers, ecologists, and environmental scientists

Table of Contents

1. Perspectives on Badland Studies in the Context of Global Change
2. The Origin of Badlands
3. The Role of Lithology: Parent Material Controls on Badland Development
4. Badlands and the Dynamics of Human History, Land Use, and Vegetation Through Centuries
5. Runoff Generation in Badlands
6. The Role of Piping in the Development of Badlands
7. Rethinking Spatial and Temporal Variability of Erosion in Badlands
8. Assessing Badland Sediment Sources Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
9. Geotouristic Value of Badlands


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About the Editors

Estela Nadal-Romero

Dr. Nadal-Romero got her degree in Geography (1999-2003) at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). In 2008, she presented her PhD on weathering and erosion processes in badland areas. In the last 10 years, she has been awarded with four postdoctoral contracts, working at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and University of Zaragoza (Spain). In 2018, she will start working in the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology as a tenure researcher (IPE-CSIC). Dr. Nadal Romero’s research has been devoted to the integration of interdisciplinary knowledge derived from the geomorphological, hydrological, climatology, soil science and ecological disciplines for the study of Mediterranean mountain areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, Geoenvironmental Processes and Global Change, IPE-CSIC and Environmental Sciences Institute, Department of Geography, University of Malaga, Zaragoza, Spain

Juan Martinez-Murillo

Prof. Murillo received his PhD in Geography from the University of Malaga (Spain), studying soil-plant-water relations and water erosion processes in abandoned lands under Mediterranean climate. Since then he has collaborated on and lead research projects on topics such as soil hydrology, soil erosion and soil degradation processes, applying different field and experimental techniques and at different spatial scales. He has published scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, is an editorial board member of CATENA, and contributed to international and national congresses. Prof. Murillo received tenure as a senior lecturer and is the scientific coordinator in charge of the European Topic Centre for Spatial Information Analysis at the University of Málaga.

Affiliations and Expertise

Physical Geography and Land Management Research Group RNM279, Department of Geography, University of Málaga, Málaga, Spain

Nikolaus Kuhn

Prof. Kuhn Nikolaus J. Kuhn got his first degree in Physical Geography (1990-1995) in his native country Germany from the University of Trier, completing a thesis on Holocene climate change and dryland lake hydrology in NE-Spain. Winning the Government of Canada Award to undertake PhD research, he moved to the University of Toronto in 1996. There he completed a PhD in Geography (1996-2000), studying the effects of varying weather patterns on soil erosion in Canada and Mexico. The PhD was followed by postdoctoral research in Israel (2001) on the role of rainfall-surface interaction for landscape development in the northern Negev. In 2002, he started academic teaching as Visiting Assistant Professor at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. He joined the University of Exeter as Lecturer for Geography in July 2003. In 2007, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography and Environmental Change, Basel, Switzerland

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