EGU21-16314, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Connectivity in geomorphology

Ronald E. Pöppl1, Saskia D. Keesstra2, and Anthony J. Parsons3
Ronald E. Pöppl et al.
  • 1Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2Wageningen Environmental Research, Netherlands
  • 3Department of Geography, University of Sheffield

In the past two decades, connectivity has emerged as a relevant conceptual framework for understanding the transfer of water and sediment through landscapes. In geomorphology, the concept has had particular success in the fields of fluvial geomorphology and soil erosion to better explain rates and patterns of geomorphic change in catchment systems. Sediment (dis)connectivity in geomorphic systems is generally governed by the spatial arrangement of sediment sources, transfer pathways and sinks (i.e. the structural component) as well as the interactions between landscape compartments and the frequency-magnitude relationships that dictate the relative effectiveness of geomorphic processes (i.e. the structural component; Poeppl et al., 2020). This presentation will provide a short general overview on existing concepts of connectivity in geomorphology, further highlighting and discussing recent developments in geomorphological connectivity research.


Ronald E. Poeppl, Kirstie A. Fryirs, Jon Tunnicliffe, Gary J. Brierley (2020). Managing sediment (dis)connectivity in fluvial systems, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 736, 139627

How to cite: Pöppl, R. E., Keesstra, S. D., and Parsons, A. J.: Connectivity in geomorphology, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-16314,, 2021.

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