Urban Geomorphology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128119518

Urban Geomorphology

1st Edition

Landforms and Processes in Cities

Editors: Mary Thornbush Casey Allen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128119518
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 15th May 2018
Page Count: 350
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Urban Geomorphology: Landforms and Processes in Cities addresses the human impacts on landscapes through occupation (urbanization) and development as a contribution to anthropogenic geomorphology or "anthropogeomorphology." This includes a focus on land clearance, conservation issues, pollution, decay and erosion, urban climate, and anthropogenic climate change. These topics, as well as others, are considered to shed more light on the human transformation of natural landscapes and the environmental impacts and geomorphological hazards that environmental change can encompass. Its multidisciplinary approach is appropriate for audiences from a range of disciplines and professions, from geologists, conservationists, and land-use planners to architects and developers. Urban Geomorphology not only transcends disciplines, but also covers varied spatial-temporal frameworks and presents a diverse set of approaches and solutions to human impacts and geomorphological hazards within urban landscapes.

Key Features

  • Features a cross-disciplinary perspective, highlighting the importance of the geosciences to environmental science, engineering, and public policy
  • Focuses on the built environment as the location of concentrated human impacts and change
  • Provides an international scope, including case studies from urban areas around the world


Geologists, geomorphologists, earth scientists, physical geographers, environmental scientists, graduate students. Architects, engineers, urban planners, policymakers, governments

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    2. Urban development and the alteration of the built environment
    3. Urban sprawl impact on UHIs and environmental health
    4. Urban climate, de-vegetation, and impacts of re-vegetation in cities
    5. Urban planning and design based on current models of development versus green approaches
    6. Climate change and natural hazards in the city
    7. Ethical growth and development of urbanscapes
    8. Urban sustainability and the propagation of cities
    9. Holistic approaches to landscape change shaping anthropogeomorphology
    10. Developing geomorphological hazards during the Anthropocene
    11. Conclusion


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About the Editor

Mary Thornbush

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

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 (caseallen.com) for more.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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