Communicating geomorphology: global challenges for the twenty-first century

Kenneth Gregory, S.N. Lane, John Lewin, Philip Ashworth, P.W. Downs, M.J. Kirkby, H.A. Viles

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The BSG, established as the BGRG in 1960, is considering how best to represent geomorphology and geomorphologists in the light of recent changes in the nature of communication. These changes provide the BSG and other academic societies with challenges and opportunities. Seven drivers of change are outlined: the changing position of geomorphology in higher education, the nature of academic interaction, the means of communication available, a transformation in the nature of geomorphological research, changes in funding support, the government role in resource allocation, and developments in quantifying international research impact. Challenges arising from changing communications are identified as occurring beyond the ‘academy’, in the nature of publication within the ‘academy’, and associated with meetings of the ‘academy’. Although national societies now have to contemplate significantly different purposes to provide for their members than in the 20th century, there are opportunities available that cannot be fulfilled by international organisations alone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-486
Number of pages11
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013


  • scientific communication
  • geomorphology
  • earth surface processes
  • open access


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