Geomorphological Fieldwork - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444634023, 9780444634184

Geomorphological Fieldwork, Volume 18

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Mary Thornbush Casey Allen Faith Fitzpatrick
eBook ISBN: 9780444634184
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444634023
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st December 2014
Page Count: 286
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Mary J. Thornbush, Casey D. Allen, and Faith A. Fitzpatrick
2. Why Fieldwork? Casey D. Allen
3. Getting into the Field, Mary J. Thornbush, Casey D. Allen, and Faith A. Fitzpatrick
3.1 Preparing for Fieldwork, Michael J. Day
3.2 Field Safety: Principles, Practice, Culture, Sam Alpay and Roger C. Paulen
4. Teaching Geomorphology in the Field, Mary J. Thornbush, Casey D. Allen, and Faith A. Fitzpatrick
4.1 Students’ Learning Styles, Miguel Gomez-Heras and Stephen McCabe
4.2 Fieldwork Going Digital, Ian Fuller and Derek France
4.3 Field-based Learning in Undergraduate Geomorphology Courses, Mary J. Thornbush
5. Field Methodologies, Mary J. Thornbush, Casey D. Allen and Faith A. Fitzpatrick
5.1 Fieldwork Protocols for Soil Geomorphology, Wolfgang Fister, Philip Greenwood, and Nikolaus J. Kuhn
5.2 Methods in Fluvial Geomorphology, Faith A. Fitzpatrick
5.3 Reading the Landscape in Field-based Geomorphology, Gary Brierley and Kirstie Fryirs
6. Conclusion, Mary J. Thornbush, Casey D. Allen, and Faith A. Fitzpatrick


Geomorphological Fieldwork addresses a topic that always remains popular within the geosciences and environmental science. More specifically, the volume conveys a growing legacy of field-based learning for young geomorphologists that can be used as a student book for field-based university courses and postgraduate research requiring fieldwork or field schools. The editors have much experience of field-based learning within geomorphology and extend this to physical geography. The topics covered are relevant to basic geomorphology as well as applied approaches in environmental and cultural geomorphology. The book integrates a physical-human approach to geography, but focuses on physical geography and geomorphology from an integrated field-based geoscience perspective.

Key Features

  • Addresses fluvial and karst landscapes in depth
  • Focuses on field-based learning as well as educational geomorphology
  • Conveys experiential knowledge in international contexts


Undergraduate and postgraduate students to researchers in geomorphology and environmental studies


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About the Series Volume Editors

Mary Thornbush Series Volume Editor

Dr. Mary J. Thornbush is a trained geomorphologist and currently a member of Oriel College. Her research in urban geomorphology began in 2002, when she undertook urban work in environmental geomorphology as part of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford for her doctoral thesis investigating Traffic pollution and urban limestone weathering: central Oxford, England (2005). The study was revisited most recently from an urban sustainability perspective in Vehicular Air Pollution and Urban Sustainability: An Assessment from Central Oxford, UK (2015) and was included in a special issue entitled Geography, Urban Geomorphology and Sustainability in the journal Area (2015). Since 2007, Dr Thornbush has participated in a cross-disciplinary study on rock weathering in urban churchyards that has also contributed to urban geomorphology in books such as Photographs Across Time: Studies in Urban Landscapes (2015), Heritage Stone Conservation in Urban Churchyards: Merging Necrogeography, Historical Archaeology, and Geomorphology (2018).

Affiliations and Expertise

Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK

Casey Allen Series Volume Editor

An award-winning teacher-scholar, Dr. Casey D. Allen maintains wide-ranging interests. Though well-regarded in the fields of geomorphology (the “Science of Scenery”), rock/cultural stone decay, humanistic geography, and geographic education, his passion rests in helping people explore and discover landscapes as Traditional and Romantic Geographers. A first-generation college student, his experience outside academia includes being a cook, stagehand, video game technician, naturalist (at a Nature Center), stock boy, survey engineer for a mining exploration company in Latin America, general farm work, and various retail positions (among other exciting things). Since turning his focus to academia, he has been a professional academic advisor, created and supervised several successful academic and support programs, served as a National Science Foundation Fellow and Fulbright Scholar to Jordan, and held faculty positions at several universities, including earning tenure at the University of Colorado. Somewhat well-traveled, Dr. Allen also holds interests and expertise in sustainability, rock art & landscape/geoarchaeology, biological soil crusts, and regional studies. Follow him on Twitter (@caseallen) and see his website ( for more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Colorado, Denver, USA

Faith Fitzpatrick Series Volume Editor

Dr. Faith Fitzpatrick is a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, based out of the Wisconsin Water Science Center in Middleton, Wisconsin, USA. She has been working on field-based fluvial geomorphology studies for over 30 years and has spent much of her career studying river behavior in the Great Lakes region. Her interests involve human and climate change impacts on river evolution and sediment regimes, alluvial chronologies, linking sources and sinks of stream sediment and nutrients, stream restoration and habitat, and tracking sediment-related contaminants. More recently she’s been working on fluvial dynamics in Great Lakes rivermouths. Stream issues that she’s been involved with range from urbanization, agricultural runoff, and deforestation. She teaches fluvial geomorphology and sedimentary records courses and field training at government training courses as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of her growing areas of interest is the role of fluvial processes in the behavior and fate of submerged oil and oiled sediment in riverine freshwater environments. From 2011-14 she served as Scientific Support Coordinator for the U.S. EPA’s emergency response to the 2010 pipeline release of diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River, Michigan, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

U.S. Geological Survey, USA