Presentation and data of EGU2015 workshop available online

Presentation and data of EGU2015 workshop available online

Wolfgang Schwanghart from the Universtiy of Potsdam gave an excellent workshop on how to analyse your DEM with Matlab at the EGU last week. He posted some information for you in case of interest.

Session GM11.3 of this year’s EGU hosted a workshop on TopoToolbox and bedrock river profile analysis. In case you were unable to attend the
meeting or the session, but are interested in this topic, you may want
to download the presentation and data on:

At the same time you may want to comment here on future topics in geomorphometry that could be workshop theme at the EGU General Assembly in 2016.

– Wolfgang Schwanghart, University Potsdam – 

Geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes

Come and learn about Geomorphology’s role in understanding, predicting and managing landscapes in extreme storms and floods at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 May 2015. Eminent geomorphology professors from across the globe will be presenting. An invitation by Dr. Larissa Naylor from the University of Glasgow and Dr. Tom Spencer from the University of Cambridge.

One day International conference on Stormy Geomorphology

Storm at the coast. Credit: Sally Smith.

Storm at the coast. Credit: Sally Smith.

Extreme storms and floods are increasing in frequency and intensity across much of the globe. Geomorphology has much to contribute to help understand, measure, predict and manage the landscape and human effects of extreme events. Global state-of-the-art understanding of geomorphic contributions to extreme events will be presented at a one-day conference in London on 11 May 2015.

Eminent invited speakers from across the globe will be presenting, including Professor Frank Magilligan, Professor Jacky Croke, Professor Stuart Lane, Professor Mark Macklin, Professor Steve Darby and Dr. Richard Whitehouse. The event will provide academic and end-user perspectives on the critical role geomorphology can play in managing the landscape-scale impacts of extreme events, and their consequences for human lives and livelihoods. Registration is still open and places are limited, please see: for more details. The event is co-sponsored by the British Society for Geomorphology, The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wiley. We look forward to seeing some of you at this meeting. #stormygeomorph

This is event is one of two activities organised by the Fixed Term Working Group (FTWG) on ‘Stormy Geomorphology’ being sponsored by the British Society for Geomorphology. The second activity is an invited special issue of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. For further details about the FTWG see:

– Dr. Larissa Naylor, University of Glasgow –

EGU events 2015

EGU is coming close and Lucy Clarke arranged some information on upcoming event and sessions interesting for Geomorphologists.

Award lectures:

There are a number of Award lectures not to be missed out on at EGU2015:

  • The Arthur Holmes Medal lecture will be given by Carlo Laj on “Our Magnetic Planet”,
  • Heather Viles is giving the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture on “Boulders, biology and buildings: Why weathering is vital to geomorphology”,
  • and Ann Rowan is giving the Penck Lecture on “What can mountain glaciers tell us about climate change? Quantifying past and future discharge variations in the Southern Alps and Himalaya”

Workshops for Young Scientist in Geomorphology at EGU2015:
Session GM11.1 – Meet the Masters: Tues 14th April at 17.30 in room G2. In this session, a successful scientist with many years of experience will give a look back to give a personal perspective of their career. This year we are happy that Tony Brown, Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton has agreed to partake. Tony’s research focuses on floodplain geomorphology and palaeohydrology, alluvial geoarchaeology, forensic palynology and human-environment relationships and, more recently, the Anthropocene. We will discuss how his decisions subsequently affected his career, what problems he had to face, and how research is affected by life and vice versa. His account of his life and work will be fascinating window to how a master scientist works, and there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience to get advice on how to succeed in an academic career.

Session GM11.2 – How to Write a Paper in Geomorphology: Wed 15th April at 17.30 in room G2. In this workshop a panel of Editors from well-known journals in geomorphology (Earth Surface Dynamics, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and Geomorphology) will discuss the makings of a good scientific paper in geomorphology. Providing advice on how to structure a paper, the review process and how respond to reviewers comments, as well as common pitfalls that authors may encounter. There will also be time for questions from the audience. This workshop will provide a valuable insight into the publication process for Young Scientists.

Session GM11.3 – Quantitative interrogation of high resolution DTMs: Mon 13th April 15.30 in room G2. Digital elevation models (DEMs) are the foundation of many studies in geomorphology. Methods to quantitatively interrogate these data are thus one of the keys to understanding the processes that shape the Earth and their driving forces. River profiles in particular have attracted the attention of geomorphologists as their shape reflects the tectonic and climatic past. Extracting and analysing river profiles from DEMs, however, is challenged by noisy topographic data often affected by artifacts. In this workshop, we will explore various techniques to extract and analyse river profiles from DEMs to account for the problems associated with DEMs in high mountain landscapes. We will use TopoToolbox, a software written in MATLAB language for the analysis of DEMs (Schwanghart and Scherler, 2014) and go through the entire work flow including preprocessing a DEM and deriving and modifying river networks. Finally, we aim at calculating Chi-plots, a new technique to analyse bedrock river profiles and alternative to slope-area plots which is less sensitive to noisy topographic data (Perron and Royden, 2012).

Social events at EGU2015
There are also a number of social events for Young Scientists at EGU2015. The Opening Reception is being held between 18.30-21.00 on Sunday 12 April in Room Foyer E, there will be an area specifically designated for Young Scientists which will be clearly labeled at the event, and provide an opportunity to meet other young scientists attending the meeting. There will also be a Young Scientist Lounge available on the Red Level of the conference centre to take a break, grab a free coffee or soft drink and catch up with colleagues.

Like last year there will be also a social evening for Young Geomorphologists (and those that still feel young!) in the Mozartstube in the 15th district: Wed 15th April 19.30. One of Vienna top 10 recommended authentic night restaurants. We negotiated the beer pricec so please drop by and share in.

The EGU2015 mobile app is now available for iPhones and Android devices. Go to on your smartphone to download. If it is your first time attending the EGU, there is a handy guide that will give you all the information you need that can be found here.

Last but not least 2 new candidates are running to take over the Young Scientist Representative after April this year. You can look at their profiles here and vote for your favourite candidate at the Geomorphology Division Meeting at EGU 2015 (12.15 on Thursday 16 April in Room G2).

If you have any questions about the EGU, the 2015 Annual General meeting or general suggestions for the future then please get in touch by email or Twitter (@DrLucyClarke).

– Lucy  Clarke (Young Scientist Rep. for the EGU Geomorphology Division and Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire, UK) –

Reflections on the BSG Windsor Workshop, December 2014

PhDs from around Europe attend once a year the Windsor workshop in the reverend halls of the grand Cumbeland Lodge in the Windsor Park. This years attendees Owen King and Fran Falcini from the York University and Lauren Knight from the Portsmouth University describe and advertize in this guest blog the workshop.

Windsor Castle. Credit: BSG homepage.

Windsor Castle. Credit: BSG homepage.

The Windsor Workshop is an annual, 4 day event organised by the British Society for Geomorphology that is designed to welcome first year PhD students into the world of academia, preparing them for the trials and tribulations they may face over the next 3 years of their project.

The Workshop is held at the grand Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Park and is a stunning location, especially on the frosty mornings and under the bright blue skies of our stay. The accommodation, catering (which is superb and plentiful) and entertainment on offer in the Lodge make it the perfect location to work and learn in a relaxed atmosphere. A wander around the Lodge, which contains some weird and wonderful pieces of artwork and statues (see below), and the grounds is highly recommended!

Sfm project at Windsor. Credit: Scott Wilson.

Sfm side project at Windsor. Credit: Scott Wilson.

After a chance to meet all the other attending students on the first evening, our workshop began with a discussion on the philosophy of science; a thought provoking exercise that made us all think carefully about what we can and can’t believe or say as scientists as well as delve into scientific rigour and method! The following few days were filled with a range of tasks including designing a PhD project (unrelated to your own) from scratch and then presenting your design for it, experimenting with models which simulate everything from the greenhouse effect to how many wolves it takes to decimate a flock of sheep, and presenting our preliminary PhD project ideas to others studying similar topics. Lectures and seminars on paper submission, open-access publishing, the peer-review process and how to handle yourself on social media all gave vital information on how to effectively present yourself and your research to the broader scientific community.

As with those that attended in previous years, we would highly recommend the Windsor Workshop to any 1st year PhD students with an interest in any aspect of Geomorphology as it is a great way to meet prominent academics with the field and well as other PhD student. It truly is a great way to help you kick-start your PhD project.

The next BSG Windsor workshop will be held in December 2015 – expect an announcement to be made this October.

By Owen King and Fran Falcini, PhD researchers from the York University and Lauren Knight, PhD researcher from the Portsmouth University

Participants at the Windsor Meeting in December 2014. Credit: BSG homepage.

Participants at the Windsor Meeting in December 2014. Credit: BSG homepage.