EGU General Assembly 2023
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Erosion and sedimentation as drivers of dynamic geodiversity

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

Dynamic geodiversity is the study of the ongoing changes in the Earth's geological, geomorphological, climatic, hydrographical/hydrological, and pedological processes, features and landscapes. It encompasses both natural processes, such as erosion and sedimentation, as well as human activities that can impact the Earth's geology or geography, such as mining or land use change. Understanding dynamic geodiversity is important for predicting and managing the impacts of these changes on the environment and further as a consequence on human societies.

There are a few examples of dynamic geodiversity:

  • Volcanoes and earthquakes: These geologic events can dramatically alter the landscape and have significant impacts on the environment and human communities.
  • Erosion and sedimentation: these processes shape the Earth's surface and create diverse landscapes, such as mountains, valleys, and coastlines.
  • Climate change: Changes in the Earth's climate can lead to shifts in the distribution of landscapes, as well as changes in the timing and intensity of geological and geographical processes, such as landslides and coastal erosion.
  • Land use change: Human activities, such as urbanization, agriculture, and resource extraction, can have significant impacts on the Earth's surface and the diversity of its features and processes.

Dynamic geodiversity is important for understanding the Earth's environment and its diversity. Examples of erosion and sedimentation processes that change the face of the Earth will be shown during the presentation

How to cite: Zwoliński, Z.: Erosion and sedimentation as drivers of dynamic geodiversity, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-10401,, 2023.