EGU General Assembly 2020
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Standard variables influencing geodiversity

Zbigniew Zwoliński
Zbigniew Zwoliński
  • Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Institute of Geoecology and Geoinformation, Department of Geoinformation, Poznan, Poland (

The existing assessments of geodiversity are based on very different abiotic elements of the natural environment. This makes these assessments incomparable between different areas and obtained by different methods. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to say in comparative studies which area is more or less geodiverse. The search for unambiguous geodiversity assessments is one of the most important challenges in the current era of climate change and environmental exploitation. This presentation aims to indicate those elements of the natural environment and their parameters that are independent of the specificity of the area being assessed. The specificity of the assessed area may vary in many aspects, e.g. genesis and provenance, age and evolution, hypsometry and geomorphometry, geology and lithology, soil and surface sediments, climate zones, groundwater and surface water supply, etc. Is it possible to find such variables that will be universal and objective in assessing geodiversity with such a variety of abiotic elements of the environment? During the presentation, an attempt will be made to answer the above question. The suggestion of this answer should be a contribution to the discussion on the scope of the standard variables influencing geodiversity.

How to cite: Zwoliński, Z.: Standard variables influencing geodiversity, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-12318,, 2020

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