Assessment, Protection, and Management

1st Edition - December 5, 2017

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  • Editors: Emmanuel Reynard, Jose Brilha
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095317
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095423

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For the last 20 years there has been a growing interest in the geosciences for topics related to geoheritage: geoconservation, geotourism and geoparks. Geoheritage: Assessment, Protection, and Management is the first and only reference book to cover these main topics as well as the relationship of geoheritage to other subjects such as landscapes, conservation, and tourism. The book also includes methodologies for assessment, mapping, and visualisation, along with case studies and colour images of some of the most important global geosites. This book is an essential resource for geoscientists, park and geopark managers, tourism and regional planning managers, as well as university students interested in geoheritage, geosites, geomorphosites, geoconservation, and geotourism. It also includes critical information on UNESCO’s Global Geoparks, World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve sites, national parks and protected areas in general, land-use planning and nature conservation policies, and in the general contribution of geodiversity for sustainable development.

Key Features

  • Winner of the 2019 AESE Award for Outstanding Publication
  • Written by a panel of 46 authors from 14 countries in all continents
  • Based on conceptual, methodological, and applied research carried out by academics and practitioners
  • Includes 160 colour images and maps of geoheritage sites
  • Features six case studies from sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America


Geoscientists, park and geopark managers, tourism and regional planning managers, as well as university students interested on geoheritage, geosites, geomorphosites, geoconservation, geotourism, UNESCO’s Global Geoparks, World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve sites, national parks and protected areas in general, land-use planning and nature conservation policies, and in the general contribution of geodiversity for sustainable development

Table of Contents

  • Geoheritage: A Multidisciplinary and Applied Research Topic
    Emmanuel Reynard and José Brilha

    1. Geodiversity: The Backbone of Geoheritage and Geoconservation
    Murray Gray
    2. Methods for Assessing Geodiversity
    Zbigniew Zwoliński, Alicija Najwer and Marco Giardino
    3. Geodiversity Action Plans – A Method to Facilitate, Structure, Inform and Record Action for Geodiversity
    Lesley Dunlop, Jonathan Larwood and Cynthia Burek

    4. Geoheritage: Inventories and Evaluation
    José Brilha
    5. The Specificities of Geomorphological Heritage
    Paola Coratza and Fabien Hobléa
    6. Fossils, Heritage and Conservation: Managing Demands on a Precious Resource
    Kevin N. Page
    7. Geoheritage and Museums
    Patrick De Wever and Michel Guiraud
    8. The Landscape and the Cultural Value of Geoheritage
    Emmanuel Reynard and Christian Giusti
    9. Geomining Heritage as a Tool to Promote the Social Development of Rural Communities
    Josep Mata Perelló, Paul Carrión, Jorge Molina, and Roberto Villas-Boas
    10. GSSPs as International Geostandards and as Global Geoheritage
    Stannley C. Finney and Asier Hilario

    Geoheritage and Conservation
    11. The Conservation of Geosites: Principles and Practice
    Colin D. Prosser, Enrique Díaz Martínez and Jonathan G. Larwood
    12. Geoheritage Conservation and Environmental Policies: Retrospect and Prospect
    John E. Gordon, Roger Crofts and Enrique Díaz-Martínez
    13. Geoheritage and World Heritage Sites
    Piotr Migoń
    14. Geoheritage and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
    Viola Maria Bruschi and Paola Coratza

    Uses of Geoheritage
    15. Geoheritage: Getting the Message Across. What Message and to Whom?
    John Macadam
    16. Digital Geovisualisation Technologies Applied to Geoheritage Management
    Nathalie Cayla and Simon Martin
    17. Geoheritage and Geotourism
    David Newsome and Ross Dowling
    18. Geoheritage and Geoparks
    José Brilha

    Case Studies
    19. Potential Geoheritage Sites in Ethiopia: Challenges of Their Promotion and Conservation
    Asfawossen Asrat
    20. Geodiversity and Geoconservation in Land Management in Tasmania – A Top-Down Approach
    Chris Sharples, Peter McIntosh and Michael Comfort
    21. Geoheritage Evaluation of Caves in Korea: A Case Study of Limestone Caves
    Kyung Sik Woo and Lyoun Kim
    22. Managing Conservation, Research, and Interpretation of Geoheritage Assets at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado, USA
    Herbert W. Meyer
    23. Varvite Park, A Brazilian Initiative for the Conservation and Interpretation of Geoheritage
    Gilson B. Guimarães, Flavia Fernanda de Lima and Antonio Carlos Rocha-Campos
    24. Techniques for the Monitoring of Geosites in Cabañeros National Park, Spain
    Andrés Díez-Herrero, Juana Vegas, Luis Carcavilla, Miguel Gómez-Heras and Ángel García-Cortés

Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: December 5, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095317
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095423

About the Editors

Emmanuel Reynard

Emmanuel Reynard is a geographer and Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He chaired the working group on Geomorphosites of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) from 2001 to 2013, and has been president of the Working Group on Geosites of the Swiss Academy of Sciences since 2006. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IAG and Honorary Professor of the University of Bucharest (Romania). He develops research on geomorphological heritage and geotourism, water management in mountain areas, and geohistorical studies of landscape changes.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Jose Brilha

José Brilha is a geologist and Professor at the University of Minho (Portugal). He is President of ProGEO (The European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage), member of the UNESCO Global Geopark Evaluation Team and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and its Geoheritage Specialist Group. He was founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geoheritage, member of the Geoheritage Task Group of IUGS, of the Portuguese Committee for IGCP and of the Portuguese Geoparks Forum. Currently, he develops applied research on geodiversity, geoconservation, and geoparks.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Minho, Portugal

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  • Liliana B. Wed Dec 27 2017


    "Geohiritage" with Professor José Brilha began many years ago when he taught us, future geology teachers, with passion. I've been a better teacher for this 17 years because of him. My middle and high school students are aware of Geoheritage, and those resources will still be availabe for them and the next generations because of Professor Brilha and his colleagues work. Grateful for your legacy.