Urban Geomorphology

Urban Geomorphology

Landforms and Processes in Cities

1st Edition - July 17, 2018

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  • Editors: Mary Thornbush, Casey Allen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128119525
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128119518

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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
    Mary J. Thornbush and Casey D. Allen

    Section 1: Paleogeomorphology and Archaeogeomorphology
    2. Complex Interactions Among Geomorphological Hazards and Urban Evolution Since the Middle Age in a Mediterranean City
    Joana Maria Petrus, Mauricio Ruiz-Pérez and Joan Estrany
    3. Geotourism Development in an Urban Area Based on Local Geologic Heritage
    Maria Gorska-Zabielska and Ryszard Zabielski
    4. Archeogeomorphological evidences of Urban Sprawl and Anthropogeomorphological metamorphosis of Town Landscape on a Post-glacial area: Poznań
    Zbigniew Zwolinski, Małgorzata Mazurek, Iwona Hildebrandt-Radke and Mirosław Makohonienko

    Section 2: Anthropogeomorphology
    5. Urban Stream Geomorphology and Salmon Repatriation in Lower Vernon Creek, British Columbia
    Alexander MacDuff and Bernard Bauer
    6. Landform Change Due to Airport Building
    Piotr Migon

    Section 3: Landscape Influences on Urban Growth
    7. Environmental Contamination by Technogenic Deposits in the Urban Area of Araguaina, Brazil
    Carlos Augusto Machado Sr. and Silvio Carlos Rodrigues
    8. Transforming the Physical Geography of a City: An Example of Johannesburg, South Africa
    Jasper Knight
    9. New Conceptual Frameworks in Urban Design: When Design Meets Geomorphology
    Paulina Espinosa

    Section 4: Developing Geomorphological Hazards During the Anthropocene
    10. Urban Geomorphology of an Arid City: Case Study of Phoenix, Arizona
    Ronald Dorn
    11. Bivouacs of the Anthropocene: Urbanization, Landforms and Hazards in Mountainous Regions
    Kevin Gamache, John R. Giardino, Panshu Zhao and Rebecca Owens
    12. A Dramatic, Geomorphologically Active Environment vs. a Dynamic, Rapidly Developing City
    Monique Fort, Basanta Raj Adhikari, and Bhagawat Rimal

    Section 5: Urban Stone Decay: Cultural Stone and its Sustainability in the Built Environment
    13. Urban Stone Decay and Sustainable Built Environment in the Niger River Basin
    Olumide Onafeso and Adeyemi Oludapo Olusola
    14.  A Geologic Assessment of Historic St. Elizabeth Church Using the Cultural Stone Stability Index, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado
    Casey D. Allen
    15. Photographic technique used in a photometric approach to assess the weathering of pavement slabs in Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
    Mary J. Thornbush
    16. Conclusion
    Mary J. Thornbush and Casey D. Allen

Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: July 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128119525
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128119518

About the Editors

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

Though well-regarded in the fields of geomorphology, rock/cultural stone decay, and humanistic geography, Dr. Casey D. Allen’s passion rests in helping people explore and discover landscapes as Traditional and Romantic Geographers. A first-generation college student and award-winning teacher-scholar with broad interests, he has been as a professional academic advisor, created and supervised several successful academic and support programs, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, National Science Foundation Fellow, and Early Career Scholar in Geographic Education, and held various faculty and administrative positions at several universities – including earning tenure at the University of Colorado before serving as Lecturer of Earth/Environmental Science for the Faculty of Science and Technology at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Barbados. Along with his penchant for travel, Dr. Allen also retains interests and expertise in soils and biological soil crusts, landscape/geoarchaeology, rock art, botany, and regional studies. Follow him on Twitter (@caseallen) and see his website (caseallen.com) for more.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer in Environmental/Earth Science, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

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