Microgeomorphology: An Unfinished Journey

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The natural earth displays various colours in different spectral resolutions as all the natural features of the earth from nanometre to kilometre scales have their own geophysical signatures, which is one of the core interests of landform scientists. In the forwarding note of the proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Indian Institute of Geomorphology, Prof. S.N. Sinha remarked that for a long time geomorphology was considered as a subject that deals just the academic interest of landform and its origin. Development of applied geomorphology before the ‘50s of the last century prepared the platform of application of geomorphic knowledges. Since then the interests of the landform scientists were also directed towards the impact of human interventions on the surface of this earth. During the mid-20th century, geomorphologists started to deal with the environmental issues. This trend surely enriched this subject by developing its interdisciplinary nature as many scholars, from the other disciplines, like geologists, environmental scientist, hydrologists, civil engineers etc. were attracted to this field which encouraged inclusion of environmental and disaster management in geomorphic studies later. Very recently in the editorial note of the famous journal Geomorphology, Lang and Glade (2008) remarked that the landform researches have developed due to the advancement of methodologies and technical applications. In fact it has been observed that the approach of landform science is more systematic and scientific during the recent years than few decades back. Now the landform scientists are concentrating on the study of hazards and geomorphic disasters by the help of advanced field techniques, laboratory analysis and statistical and modelling tools. This global trend has also influenced the geomorphic studies in this country. Since India is considered as the natural laboratory of geomorphology due to its physiographic diversities and geomorphic problems, Geomorphology in India is now an applied science which is not only discussing the geohazards, but also actively playing role in planning for sustainability. The dynamic nature of this subject always attracted the present author who believes that studying of landform is one of the most scientific ways to understand the environment and impact of human interventions on it. This made him decide to enter in the “realm of Geomorphology” to continue his learning of nature.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5848/CSP.1625.00008

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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