Geomorphology and Environmental Management

  • Ronald U. Cooke
Part of the Horizons in Geography book series (HOGE)


The previous chapters have revealed both the changing nature of physical environments and the changing roles of physical geographers in studying them. In approaching the links between such studies and environmental management, two perspectives are fundamental: first, the perspective of the specialist physical geographer who seeks to serve the needs of a range of management agencies; second, the perspective of management agencies on what the physical geographer can provide. Both perspectives are commonly partisan, but they can be explored in a relatively detached way through an appraisal of recent geographical contributions. In this chapter the perspective of the specialist physical geographer is explored through the manifold links between geomorphology and the hierarchy of management agencies in which geomorphological work can and often does play a role. Geomorphology is not alone amongst the systematic branches of physical geography in seeking to develop some of its research in the context of management, but it has made useful, perhaps exemplary progress in recent years.


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Further Reading

  1. There are several books concerned with the application of geomorphology in environmental management. The first represents the first effort at a systematic view seen from the standpoint of geomorphologists (and is available in paperback). The second complements this with a series of extended essays on selected themes, whilst the third provides a detailed examination of the application of geomorphological surveys for environmental development. Finally, a series of case studies derived from a symposium yield the fourth bookGoogle Scholar
  2. Cooke R. U. and Doornkamp J. C. (1974) Geomorphology in Environmental Management (Oxford: Oxford University Press).Google Scholar
  3. Hails J. R. (ed.) (1977) Applied Geomorphology (Amsterdam: Elsevier).Google Scholar
  4. Verstappen H. Th. (1983) Applied Geomorphology (Amsterdam: Elsevier).Google Scholar
  5. Craig R. G. and Craft J. L. (1982) Applied Geomorphology (London: Allen & Unwin).Google Scholar
  6. A number of volumes develop particular aspects of the relations between geomorphology and environmental management. The first two concentrate on geomorphological contributions to recent urban growth in deserts, and to the detailed management of hazards in a rapidly urbanising metropolitan county. The last provides a rural counterpart in a collection of papers on soil erosion by wind and waterGoogle Scholar
  7. Cooke R. U. et al. (1982) Urban Geomorphology in Drylands (Oxford: Oxford University Press).Google Scholar
  8. Cooke R. U. (1984) Geomorphological Hazards in Los Angeles (London: Allen & Unwin).Google Scholar
  9. Kirkby M. J. and Morgan R. P. C. (eds) (1980) Soil Erosion (Chichester: John Wiley).Google Scholar
  10. Four recent systematic texts of relevance to this chapter follow. Their titles are self-explanatoryGoogle Scholar
  11. Gardiner V. and Dackombe R. (1983) Geomorphological Field Manual (London: Allen & Unwin).Google Scholar
  12. Goudie A. (1981) Geomorphological Techniques (London: Allen & Unwin).Google Scholar
  13. Hooke J. M. and Kain R. J. E. (1982) Historical Change in the Physical Environment (London: Butterworths).Google Scholar
  14. Verstappen H. Th. (1977) Remote Sensing in Geomorphology (Amsterdam: Elsevier).Google Scholar

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© Ronald U. Cooke 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald U. Cooke
    • 1
  1. 1.University College LondonUK

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