Geographia Polonica (2011) vol. 84, iss. Special Issue Part 2

Impacts of fluvial land form evolution and global change in urban environments

Kenneth John Gregory

Geographia Polonica (2011) vol. 84, iss. Special Issue Part 2, pp. 55-67 | Full text

Understanding of the character of urban environments, which have been increasinglyembraced by geomorphological research in the last four decades, has progressed to the way inwhich they are currently perceived. For fluvial geomorphology it is necessary to understand thepalimpsest inherited from long-term evolution under pre-urban conditions. This includes understandingthe way urban hazards arise, appreciating the diverse consequences of short-term landform changes influenced by human activity, and contemplating the nature and implications ofmanagement methods in relation to future global changes including those instigated by changedurban hazards.

Keywords: urban geomorphology, palimpsest, urban channel changes, urban management methods, global change

Kenneth John Gregory, School of Geography, University of Southampton Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom