GM4.4/BG1.10/SSS4.11Biogeomorphology: Exploring the complexity and diversity of biotic-abiotic interactions in Earth surface systems (co-organized)
|Co-Convener: Heather Viles
The influences of microorganisms, plants and animals on the processes and dynamics of geomorphological systems and, in turn, feedbacks between geomorphology and ecology have continued to gain increasing interest over the last 25 years. We are, however, only now beginning to appreciate the full complexity of coupled biotic-abiotic systems operating over a diverse range of spatial and temporal scales. Understanding such complexity not only represents a significant geomorphological challenge, but is fundamental for developing appropriate and effective environmental management strategies in the face of a rapidly changing world. The purpose of this session is to bring together researchers working across the full spectrum of biogeomorphology to highlight the diversity of work in this field. This includes but is not restricted to process studies, conceptual and numerical modelling, and applied studies in marine, estuarine, fluvial, dryland, built and hillslope environments. We are particularly interested in submissions from biogeoscientists and ecological researchers wishing to engage more fully with a geomorphological audience, studies that develop novel field and laboratory techniques, and work with a strong applied focus.
This session is sponsored by the British Society for Geomorphology.