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Tropical Geomorphology


By: Avijit Gupta(Author)

386 pages, 4 plates with 10 colour photos; 150 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 35 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2011 | #189955 | ISBN-13: 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. Tropical Geomorphology 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.


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


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Avijit Gupta is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds 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 Geography (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 Academie Royal des Sciences D'outre-Mer, Belgium. He is on the editorial board of two journals on geomorphology. Dr Gupta has written eight books and over 70 research papers. He recently edited The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia (2005) and Large Rivers: Geomorphology and Management (2007).

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