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: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 350
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Urban Geomorphology: Landforms and Processes in Cities addresses 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, will be considered in in order to shed more light on the human transformation of natural landscapes and the environmental impacts and geomorphological hazards that environmental change can encompass.

Its interdisciplinary 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: Landforms and Processes in Cities not only transcends across disciplines, it 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
  • Is international in 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, with MSc and DPhil degrees respectively from the University of Toronto (Canada) and University of Oxford (UK), where she is 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). This research involved examining the rock-air interface of building stone decay in the context of vehicular traffic pollution in central Oxford. The study has been 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 likewise contributed to urban geomorphology in books such as Photographs Across Time: Studies in Urban Landscapes (Bentham Science Publishers, 2015), Heritage Stone Conservation in Urban Churchyards: Merging Necrogeography, Historical Archaeology, and Geomorphology (2018), and other planned forthcoming publications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK

Casey Allen

Trained as a Geographer and Educator, Dr. Casey D. Allen has always been a proponent for involving students in fieldwork. An award-winning scholar and educator, he has been conducting field-based activities since his undergraduate years in the early 1990s. His first job out of college took him to Chile and Peru where he worked as a survey engineer for a mining exploration company. After deciding to turn his focus to teaching, he earned a degree in Secondary Science Education (Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah) before then becoming a professional Academic Advisor and adjunct faculty member at his alma mater (BS Geography), Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Moving on, he took a faculty position at St. George’s University (Grenada, West Indies) as the Coordinator of their combined (B.Sc/MD) program before completing his PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in spring 2008. While at ASU, Dr. Allen was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow and the Associate Director for the Master of Advanced Study in Geographic Education program. Since gaining his current post at University of Colorado Denver in fall 2008, his research has focused on field experiences as tools to help people learn complex knowledge and processes better than sitting in classrooms memorizing and regurgitating. The mediums of rock decay (weathering) and environmental perception lie at the center of engagement in his learning landscape. Dr. Allen also administers two international field study programs annually: Sustainability in the Caribbean which takes place on the Island of Grenada, and his popular Geography by Rail®. Follow him on Twitter: @caseallen.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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