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Tropical Geomorphology


  • Author: Avijit Gupta, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521879903

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  • Although similar geomorphic processes take place in other regions, in the tropics these processes operate at different rates and with varying intensities. Tropical geomorphology therefore provides many new discoveries regarding geomorphic processes. This textbook describes both the humid and arid tropics. It provides thoroughly up-to-date concepts and relevant case studies, and emphasises the importance of geomorphology in the management and sustainable development of the tropical environment, including climate change scenarios. The text is supported by a large number of illustrations, including satellite images. Student exercises accompany each chapter. Tropical Geomorphology is an ideal textbook for any course on tropical geomorphology or the tropical environment, and is also invaluable as a reference text for researchers and environmental managers in the tropics.

    • Explains cutting-edge concepts illustrated with tropical examples, providing a one-stop, focused resource for readers
    • Summarizes all recent research publications, and emphasizes up-to-date techniques, in both humid and arid tropics, to give an invaluable overview of the field
    • Demonstrates the importance of geomorphology and its applications in environmental management and climate change in the tropics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521879903
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.3kg
    • contains: 150 b/w illus. 10 colour illus. 35 tables 100 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Tropical Environment:
    1. Geomorphology and the tropics
    2. Geological framework of tropical lands
    3. Tropical hydrology
    4. Land cover in the tropics
    Part II. Tropical Geomorphology:
    5. Weathering in the tropics
    6. Tropical slopes: form and function
    7. Rivers in the tropics
    8. Alluvial valleys
    9. Large tropical rivers
    10. The tropical coast
    11. Tropical deltas
    12. The arid tropics
    13. Tropical highlands
    14. Volcanic landforms
    15. Tropical karst
    16. Quaternary in the tropics
    Part III. Anthropogenic Changes:
    17. Anthropogenic alteration of geomorphic processes in the tropics
    18. Urban geomorphology in the tropics
    19. The future with climate change

  • Author

    Avijit Gupta, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
    Avijit Gupta is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore. He was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta, and Johns Hopkins University. He has held university positions in India, the USA, Singapore and the UK. His research interests focus on fluvial geomorphology in the tropics, rivers with high-magnitude floods, large rivers, urban geomorphology and the application of remote sensing in geomorphology. Dr Gupta has served as a Committee Member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Measurement, Theory and Applications in Geomorphology (COMTAG) and the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). He is currently the Chair of the IAG Working Group on the Effect of Climate Change on Large Rivers and Deltas. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Association of American Geographers, the Society of Sedimentary Geologists and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. He is also a corresponding member of the Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer, Belgium. He is on the editorial board of two journals on geomorphology. Dr Gupta has written 8 books and over 70 research papers. He recently edited The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management (Wiley, 2007).

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