System Theory in Geomorphology

Challenges, Epistemological Consequences and Practical Implications

  • Kirsten von Elverfeldt

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
    Pages 13-19
  3. Problem Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
      Pages 39-50
    3. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
      Pages 51-66
    4. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
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    5. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
      Pages 85-90
    6. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
      Pages 91-98
  4. Consequences and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
      Pages 101-116
    3. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
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    4. Kirsten von Elverfeldt
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 137-139

About this book


Empirical research needs a profound theory to be successful. This is the simple but, in its consequences, radical approach for this study in geomorphology. It critically analyses the current system understanding and offers a new view for a geomorphology that understands systems as being open but at the same time operationally closed, as self-organized, structure-building and potentially self-referential. Kirsten von Elverfeldt succeeds in designing a theoretical framework that sets new standards within Physical Geography. By using state-of-the-art concepts in system theory, it offers also new bridges to Human Geography as well as to other neighbouring disciplines.

This book was awarded the Dissertation prize 2010 of the German Working Group in Geomorphology of the DGfG and the Hans Bobek-prize of the ÖGG (Austrian Geographical Society).


Equilibrium thinking in geomorphology Geomorphological systems theory Integrative geography Non-equilibrium thermodynamics in geomorphology Physical basis of geomorphology Second order observation

Authors and affiliations

  • Kirsten von Elverfeldt
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst f Geographie und Regionalforschung, Fakultät für WirtschaftswissenschaftenAlpen-Adria-Universität KlagenfurtKlagenfurtAustria

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