Geoheritage - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128095317, 9780128095423


1st Edition

Assessment, Protection, and Management

Editors: Emmanuel Reynard José Brilha
eBook ISBN: 9780128095423
Paperback ISBN: 9780128095317
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 5th December 2017
Page Count: 482
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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

  • 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

Geoheritage and Geoconservation: The Challenges
  José Brilha and Emmanuel Reynard


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About the Editor

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

José 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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