IAG/AIG Newsletter No. 30 (3/2014)
To communicate effectively scientists must use adequately the scientific terms of their discipline. For this, glossaries are important tools that allow the user to find rapidly the sense of a scientific term. After having coordinated the edition of an important Encyclopedia of Geomorphology in two volumes published ten years ago, Prof. Andrew Goudie, former IAG/AIG President and Honorary Fellow of our association, has prepared now for the IAG an Alphabetical Glossary on Geomorphology. This 85-page glossary can be downloaded directly on the IAG website (www.geomorph.org).
On behalf of the IAG/AIG Executive Committee, I would like to warmly thank Andrew Goudie for having made this precious work available to the international community.
IAG/AIG Publication Officer
One of the main strengths of the International Association of Geomorphologists is its backbone, which consists in a closely knitted network of national associations, themselves often very dynamic. The source of the dynamism of our field of research and of the IAG is to be found in the dynamism of our working groups and the national groups. Thus, it is with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation of the Brazilian Group of Geomorphology to open its 10th National Conference on the Geomorphology of Brazil, entitled “Ambiente e Sustenabilitate”, which was held in Manaus between October 18 and October 22, 2014. Science cannot exist without exchanges, without any international collaboration. This is why I encourage our community to gather as often as possible, for the sake of geomorphology!
Come and join us at the 2015 Regional Conference in Russia!
Titu Anghel was born in Baia de Arama, Mehedinti County, Romania on September 2, 1979. He graduated at the “Constantin Brancoveanu” High School in the same town in 1998, in the class of sciences (mathematics-physics). Between 1999 and 2003, he was a student of the Faculty of Geography of the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, where he graduated the Master Degree in “Systems and Methods in Geomorphology” in 2004.
The first signs of a disease appeared while he was a student, during a fieldtrip. He did not abandon and continued to work harder and harder, even if the state of his health required a decrease in activity. In 2005, doctors considered that surgery was needed and the first transplant for both his lungs was made. His health improved and he returned to his research activity.
Immediately after he graduated the Master Degree, he became a full-time Ph.D. candidate and in 2009 he successfully defended his thesis on “Strategies of rehabilitation of the anthropogenic landforms generated by mining activities. Case study: Motru Basin”. He was supervised by prof. Virgil Surdeanu and he became a Ph.D. in Sciences – field: Geography.
He worked in the Geographical Hazards and Risks Research Centre within the Faculty of Geography of the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca as a Ph.D. candidate and afterwards. In 2009 he became an assistant researcher, then full scientific researcher and head of this centre. In the meantime, he also gave lectures and seminars on subjects like: Soil Science, Cartography, Land Improvements, and was highly appreciated by the students.
His main fields of competence were: Geography, Digital Cartography and GIS, Geomorphology, Geographical Risks, Soil Science, Regional Geography. He was able to speak three international languages: English, Italian and French.
As a recognized researcher nationally and internationally, he became a member of the Romanian Association of Geomorphologists.
In 2010 a new transplant for both his lungs became again compulsory and was made. Both his colleagues and representatives of the public authorities were fast in providing help in due time. Later, his health improved considerably and there was another period when he obtained new remarkable professional results.
His situation worsened again in the second half of 2013, but he continued to work intensely, leading several grants and projects, publishing papers and participating in numerous scientific symposia, until he exhausted almost all his physical resources.
Throughout the time, he benefited from several scholarships abroad. He won a grant for young researchers provided by the International Association of Geomorphologists, which financed his participation at the International Conference in Paris, in 2013.
He was leader in two projects and member of the research team in other six projects. He was a good organizer of scientific conferences and fieldtrips, and he led interdisciplinary teams in the lab and in the field.
He departed from us on 24 June 2014 while he was hospitalized in the AKH Clinic in Vienna. After a few days, his funeral took place in Bala, Mehedinti County. We lost a good colleague and a true friend and his life will remain for us, teachers and students alike, a model of professional and personal devotion.
Fighting, he won many battles and the one dedicated to his Ph.D. thesis proved to be certainly much easier than those against the unseen evil whom he opposed determinedly, helping himself with the most precious virtues of the human soul: faith, kindness and courage, implicitly self respect and love for his fellows. Winning, he fully convinced us of his character and professional skills who determined us, from the very beginning, to trustfully support his aspiration to become a researcher of our faculty, position in which he fully confirmed in short time. He instantly displayed bright smartness, ease and receptiveness, mixed with an obvious kindness, deep friendship, extreme discretion, sensitivity and modesty.
He was one of our exceptional students, extremely serious and dedicated to study. Among others, he was passionate especially about geomorphology. In this field, his efforts were crowned as he wrote and successfully defended a valuable Ph.D. thesis.
How many would have succeeded such an accomplishment in the conditions in which, even before the start, he already knew that he had to overcome the facing threat of a merciless disease?
That is why, Titu, we thank you! Thank you for what you leave in our hearts after your departure: the fighting spirit, the faith and determination in the name of goodness, friendship and attachment between people. By means of your example, you will make us remember, at least for a while, of those essential virtues that are unfortunately more and more threatened by the daily tumult and useless struggles.
In the name of all close to him, of his colleagues at the Faculty of Geography of the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, we thank everyone who helped and was near him in good or bad. Our deepest condolences to the grieving family, in the name of all the students and staff of the Faculty of Geography, “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca.
Rest in peace!
Dean prof. Dan Petrea
Lecturer Nicolaie Hodor
Faculty of Geography of the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Prof. Eric Fouache, the President of IAG/AIG EC, welcomed all members of the EC and briefed the agenda of the meeting.
To condole of all those departed souls of the two notable Geomorphologists and lost due to different natural calamities the members of IAG/AIG EC observed one-minute silence.
After discussion it is resolved that Belgium is the best country for that purpose because of lucid regulations. National Scientific members will be asked individually about their opinion. In this connection Morgan De Dapper, the Treasurer of the IAG/AIG will be requested to prepare a clear proposal regarding the recognition.
Irasema Alcantara Ayala, Morgan De Dapper, Piotr Migon, Asma Mohamed Alketbi, Heather Viles, Asfawossen Asrat
Mauro Soldati, the Vice President, and Sunil Kumar De, Secretary General of the IAG/AIG EC, are requested to participate the International Conference on Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards, 18-19 November 2014, Padua, Italy to represent the IAG/AIG EC.
Emmanuel Reynard, the Publication Officer of the IAG/AIG, is requested to represent the IAG/AIG to the International Workshop on Geomorphosites, lever of local socio-economic development: From European experiences to Maghrebian and African projects, Beni Mellal, Morocco, 2–4 October 2014 along with an Intensive course on Geomorphosites. Definitions and methods of investigation, Beni Mellal, Morocco, 1st October, 2014
National Membership. The numbers of National Members have been declining since 2005. Decision should be taken to recap their membership. It is resolved that Morgan De Dapper, the Treasurer of the IAG/AIG, will be requested to send a mail to every National Member for updating their annual fees and to prepare a detailed list of valid members. It is further resolved that Sunil Kumar De, the Secretary General of the IAG/AIG, is requested to send Michael Crozier’s report on the Value of Membership to every National Members and update the list of National Delegates before the Regional Conference in Russia.
Read and accepted. Resolved that Morgan De Dapper, the Treasurer of the IAG/AIG EC, will be requested to update the list of National Membership fee.
Resolved that Xiaoping Yang, the Vice President of the IAG/AIG, is requested to send the acceptance letter to the Chairman of every new Working Group and send them 500 euro each as the seed money. Continued / old working group will not receive any seed money as they have already received it.
Requests for IAG grants: Resolved that the following Young Geomorphologist Scholarship will be offered to the selected candidates from different regions on different occasions: (a) Morocco, 2-4 October 2014: 1 candidate @Euro 500. Organizers should waive the registration fee. (b) Padua, Italy, 18-19 November 2014: 2 fresh Ph.D. students @ Euro 250 each. Organizers should waive the registration fee. (3) Poland 2015: 2 candidates @ Euro 250 each. Organizers should waive the registration fee. Since the dates are coinciding with the IAG Regional conference, the Organizers will be requested to pre-pone or postpone the dates to avail the IAG funding for scholarship. Organizers should waive the registration fee. (4) Windsor: 2 Ph.D. students @ Euro 250 each. (5) Russia, IAG Regional Conference, July 2015: Total allocation is Euro 6000. 10/15 candidates from less favoured countries of Asia and East Europe. It is further resolved that the application for Young Geomorphologists Scholarship should be supported by the National Delegate/National Group.
Policy for IAG grant delivery related to initiatives proposed by national and/or international groups of Young Geomorphologists: Resolved that the proposals will be accepted if the conference is international in character and there must be some programme for Young Geomorphologists.
Transfer of IAG grants (money) to IAG-grant holders: It is proposed that the IAG/AIG account should be a joint account with the President and the Treasurer. In absence of any Portfolio holders among the two the money can be transferred to the IAG Grant holders/the Organizers. It is decided that Eric Fouache, the President of the IAG/AIG, will discuss the issue with the Treasurer, Morgan De Dapper and will discuss the issue again during the Regional Conference in Russia.
Resolved that Sunil Kumar De, the Secretary General of the IAG/AIG will be requested to send the list of journals along with the names of the Editors to Emmanuel Reynard, the Publication Officer of the IAG/AIG.
After thorough discussion regarding the website and the Facebook/Twitter account of the IAG/AIG the following decisions have been made:
a. Since from comparative chart of prices and the space provided for uploading the content of the IAG/AIG it is found that the price of GoDaddy is the cheapest. Marta Della Seta, the IAG/AIG webmaster, is requested to proceed for GoDaddy. She is also requested to install a Spam Guard with the website.
b. It is decided that Denis Mercier will look after the Facebook/Twitter accounts and those who have Facebook/Twitter account are also allowed to upload the contents in the said account. The details of Facebook /Twitter accounts are as follows: http://www.facebook.com/IAGAIG and http://www.twitter.com/IAGAIG
Eric Fouache, the President of IAG/AIG, is requested to collect the report from Asma Mohamed Alketbi.
Resolved that Eric Fouache, the President of the IAG/AIG, will prepare strategic decisions regarding the International Relation and Communication.
Resolved that Andreas Lang and Heather Viles will be requested to discuss about the financial implications of organizing such Workshop and inform the EC members of the IAG/AIG EC.
Resolved the Dr. Tilak Hewawasam, Senior Lecturer in Geomorphology, Department of Geography University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka will be requested to form National Geomorphological Group with M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in order to consider their candidature for National Membership.
Resolved that the EC of the IAG/AIG principally agrees to accept the proposal sent by Mojtaba Yamani, President, Iranian Association of Geomorphologists for National Membership. It is further resolved that the final decision will be taken in the next full EC meeting to be held in Russia during the Regional Conference. The proposed annual membership has been fixed at 250 euros for Iran.
Morgan De Dapper, the Treasurer of the IAG/AIG, will be requested to clarify the status of National Membership of Bulgaria and their annual membership fee.
Sunil Kumar De, Convener, 9th ICG, India is requested to keep all the records of the changes in Venue from Kolkata to Delhi approved by the National Association or any Committee formed by the National Association. He is also requested to send the copy of the resolution to the President of the IAG/AIG.
16. Report of the progress of the Regional Conference on Geomorphology in 2015 in Russia (Andrei PANIN)
Andrei Panin, Convener of the IAG Regional Conference, Russia is requested to reconsider the dates of the field trips.
He reported out of all working groups only two (Tectonic Geomorphology and Extreme Events) responded to the request to suggest the titles of their WG sessions. Two more working groups have intended to organize their sessions, i.e. Geomorphological Hazards and Sediment Budget. Andrei Panin is requested to send mail to more working groups again.
Andrei Panin is requested to keep deadline of early bird registration fee by the end of March 2015.
Conference website is in preparation: iag2015.rurs.net
Conference mailbox is in operation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resolved that the next full EC meeting will be held in Russia on July 01, 2015 at 2.00 pm and the Council meeting will be held on July 03, 2015 at 2.00 pm.
Piotr Migon will be requested to keep in touch with Tim Badman at IUCN HQ regarding further collaboration and to report in the next EC.
The EC congratulates Piotr Migon for his sincere and fruitful work on the World Geomorphological Landscapes series with Springer
The IAG/AIG EC is thankful to Francisco Gutierrez, former Treasurer of the IAG/AIG for donating 50% of the royalties earned from the book on the Geomorphology of Spain. The EC also congratulates him for such a precious work.
Eric Fouache, President of the IAG/AIG will ask Morgan De Dapper, Treasurer and former Secretary General to handover the documents of the previous election to Sunil Kumar De.
A mail would be sent to all EC members regarding the inclusion of one Co-opted member from USA in the IAG/AIG EC. Eric Fouache, President of the IAG/AIG, is requested to find a suitable member.
Fund raising: Presentation of Denis Mercier was noted and requested to act on the issue.
Eric Fouache, President
Sunil Kumar De, Secretary General
IAG Grant for the International Workshop “Geomorphosites, lever of local socio-economic development. From European experiences to Maghrebian and African projects and related Intensive Course”, Beni Mellal, Morocco, 1-3 October 2014
The Commission appointed by the IAG/AIG Executive Committee selected Dr Tarek Ben Fraj, geomorphologist at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of the University of Sousse (Tunisia), who benefited of a grant to participate to the Intensive course organised by IAG (1st October 2014) and to the workshop organised by the University of Beni Mellal (2-3 October 2014).
Here is a part of his report:
“My participation in the workshop and in the colloquium of Beni Mellal was particularly beneficial for me on several plans. Indeed, my training of geomorphologist allowed me to follow well the scientific contents of the works maintained during the workshop as well as the various oral communications presented during the colloquium. These works and presentations allowed me to make clearer my knowledge and readings on the topic “Geomorphosites”. Techniques and varied scientific methods used by the various researchers were clearly explained and presented. They allowed me to widen my knowledge on the various questions (assessment, identification, classification, valuation, mapping…).
This participation was beneficial for me as well as the atmosphere in which took place the colloquium that encourage us to begin scientific discussions with several researchers. We, also, approached the possible collaborations between our university and research laboratories. This shall allow us, and it is the point of view of all the colleagues, to exchange experiences, to multiply and vary the research projects and to offer the opportunities to organize scientific manifestations, which turn around geomorphosites.
One month after the colloquium, my contacts with several colleagues strengthen and ideas of collaborations begin to develop.” Tarek Ben Fraj, University of Sousse, Tunisia
IAG/AIG Vice-President and Training Officer
The Extreme Events working group will organise a session on Cataclysmic fluvial events on Earth: recent progress at the IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015.
The Geoarchaeology working group will organise sessions at the following conferences in 2015:
EGU 2015, Vienna, April 12-17, 2015; IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015; XIX INQUA Congress, Nagoya, Japan, July 27-August 2, 2015.
The Landform Assessment for Geodiversity working group has organised an intensive course on “Geodiversity and geoheritage: evaluation and interpretation” in Aosta valley (Italy) from 9 to 13 September 2014 and will organise sessions at the following conferences in 2015: EGU 2015, Vienna, April 12-17, 2015; IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015 (co-organised with the Geomorphosites working group).
The Geomorphosites working group has organised two intensive courses in 2014: an Intensive Course on “Geodiversity and geoheritage: evaluation and interpretation”, 9-13 September 2014, Aosta valley, Italy (in collaboration with the Working Group on Landform Assessment for Geodiversity); an intensive course on Geomorphosites in Beni Mellal (Morocco), 1st October 2014. The working group has also organised thematic sessions at the International Association of Engineering Geology Congress in Turin and at the Forum Alpinum 2014 in Darfo Boario Terme (Italy) in September 2014. In 2015, the working group will organise sessions at the following conferences: EGU 2015, Vienna, April 12-17, 2015; IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015 (co-organised with the Landform Assessment for Geodiversity working group).
The Geomorphological Hazards working group will organise a session at the International Conference “Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards” (Padua, Italy, November 18-19, 2014) and at the IAG Regional Conference 2015 (Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015).
The Rocky Coasts working group has published the book “Rock Coast Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis” as Volume 40 of the Memoirs of The Geological Society, edited by David Kennedy, Wayne Stephenson and Larissa Naylor. Rocky landforms dominate large portions of the world’s coast and cliffs and shore platforms form spectacular landscapes. The volume brings together the research leaders in the field, includes chapters on nearly all the major rock coasts of the world and identifies future research needs.
The SEDIBUD working group has organised a Workshop on “Sediment Cascades in Cold Climate Geosystems” at the Zugspitze, Bavaria, Germany, from the 1st to the 4th September 2014. The SEDIBUD special issue in the journal Geomorphology arising from the 7th SEDIBUD workshop in Trondheim and Loen, September 10-17, 2012 is published. In 2015, the working group will organise a session on “Sedimentary source-to-sink fluxes and sediment budgets” at EGU 2015, Vienna, April 12-17, 2015, and a session at the IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015.
The WG will organise a specific session on “Gradualism and catastrophism in tectonic geomorphology” during the upcoming IAG Regional Conference 2015, Barnaul, Russia, July 2-4, 2015.
The Iranian Association of Geomorphology (IRAG), chaired by Prof. Mojtaba Yamani (University of Tehran), is candidate to become a national member of IAG/AIG. The Executive Committee will examine this candidature during its next meeting in Barnaul in July 2015. Here are presented some of the activities carried out by IRAG.
The IRAG was established in 2009 with the cooperation of the universities of Iran and Iran Ministry of Science and Technology. The IRAG presently has a membership of about 200. It provides a strong voice for geomorphology in Iran by:
Cooperating with related Earth science associations within Iran including the Iran Archaeology Society, Iran Association of Quaternary, Iran Association of Climatology, etc.;
Organizing an annual national conference and related field trips;
Sponsoring theme sessions, field trips and workshops at the national meetings of affiliated associations;
Publishing a scientific Journal: Quantitative Geomorphology Researches;
Supporting an email listserv that distributes a regular posting of Recent Publications in Iranian Geomorphology;
Supporting the publication of technical reports and scientific books.
Membership provides the following benefits and opportunities: contact with a Iran-wide body of geomorphologists; discounted subscription and free online access to Quantitative Geomorphology Researches, the Society’s journal; newsletter of the IRAG containing news, views, reports, grant calls, etc.; participation in working groups on hot topics and emergent fields; training workshops, conferences and field trips designed specifically for postgraduates; from 2011, online access to “Geomorphological techniques” web-based resource; and sponsorship for other conferences and workshops.
The Annual Conference of the IRAG is a national Open Conference. This annual meeting stimulates debate on new developments and advances in Geomorphology, and is a forum for emerging approaches to solve key challenges throughout pure and applied Geomorphology. The next annual conference will be held in March 2015 on “Geomorphology and Water Crisis in Iran”.
National Conference of IRAG, Tehran, March 2013.
Quantitative Geomorphology Researches is the scientific journal of the IRAG, edited by Prof. Mojtaba Yamani (Managing Editor) and ten Associate Editors. The Journal publishes original research papers, Earth Surface Exchanges (shorter articles, commentaries, reviews and discussion papers) for rapid publication, technical communications and book reviews across all branches of geomorphology. Website: http://www.geomorphologyjournal.ir
The IRAG runs several workshops for new research students along year and encourages all geomorphology Ph.D. students to attend.
Details about the association and its activities can be found: http://www.irangeomorphology.ir/
Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Note: This calendar proposes a list of events organised by IAG, IAG working groups, and large international conferences concerning geomorphology. It is based on information transmitted by IAG members. For more information see also the IAG website: www.geomorph.org
International Conference “Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards”. Padova, Italy, 18–19 November 2014. Website: http://www.changes-itn.eu/
Landscape Archaeology Workshop – From Theory to Practice. Berlin, Germany, 19–21 November 2014. Website: http://www.georisk2014.com
International Workshop “Georisk 2014. Improving geophysical risk assessment, forecasting, and management”. Madrid, Spain, 18–21 November 2014. Website: http://www.topoi.org/event/24533/
International Symposium “Sediment Dynamics: From the Summit to the Sea”. New Orleans, United States, 11–24 December 2014. Website: http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/icce2014/
AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, United States, 15–19 December 2014. Website: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/
Conference “Karstology in Arid Regions”, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2–9 March 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2015. Website: http://abudhabi.zrc-sazu.si
15th Annual Conference of the Czech Association of Geomorphologists “Role of fieldwork in geomorphology”, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 11–13 March 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 25 December 2014. Information: email@example.com
Conference “Progress in Quaternary archive studies in the Iberian Peninsula”, Sevilla, Spain, 12–13 March 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 10 December 2014. Registration (20.11.2014): firstname.lastname@example.org
European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria 12–17 April 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 7 January 2015. Website: http://egu2015.eu/
Joint Assembly American Geophysical Union – Canadian Geophysical Union – Geological Association of Canada – Mineralogical Association of Canada, Montreal, Canada, 3–7 May 2015. Website: http://ja.agu.org/2015/
Geomorphometry 2015 “Geomorphometry for natural hazards geomodeling”, Poznan, Poland, 22–26 June 2015. Deadline for extended abstracts: 28.11.2014. Website: http://geomorphometry.org/2015
Water History Conference, Delft, The Netherlands, 24–26 June 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 15 November 2014. Website: http://www.iwha.net/conference/date-and-location
IAG Regional Conference 2015 “Gradualism vs Catastrophism in Landscape Evolution”, Barnaul, Russia, 2–4 July 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 1st February 2015. Website: http://iag2015.rurs.net/
XIX INQUA Congress, Nagoya, Japan, 27 July – 2 August 2015. Deadline for abstract submission: 20 December 2014. Website: http://inqua2015.jp/
European Congress “Geological Heritage Inventories: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives” Toulouse, France, 22–26 September 2015. Website: http://iugs.org/uploads/GHI
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