Geomorphology in the Anthropocene

Hosted by Dr Simon Carr

Geomorphology is the study of the processes that shape the physical landscape. Glaciers, rivers, coasts and arid environments are probably all familiar contexts for our learning about Earth surface processes and the resulting landforms and landscapes. Geomorphology is often considered to be the ‘traditional’ heart of physical geography. But, is this type of geomorphology still relevant in a context of the rise of human influence and dominance of the Earth system as we begin the Anthropocene? This talk explores how the geomorphology of familiar environments is impacted by humans, and what this means for our understanding of landscapes and the processes that form them. By interweaving cultural, biological and physical processes, we will see how geomorphology in the Anthropocene can be situated at the heart of the broad, exuberant discipline of geography.

Dr Simon Carr is the Programme Lead in Geography at the University of Cumbria. Simon is a geographer (not physical, not human) with particular interests in understanding landscapes and the processes that shape them, and teaches modules on the Earth system, environmental change and the science and politics of climate change.

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