Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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Edited By: Professor S. N. Lane

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 8/49 (Geography Physical); 22/188 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1096-9837

Just Published Articles

  1. Application of a simple headcut advance model for gullies

    Peter M. Allen, Jeffrey G. Arnold, Lance Auguste, Joseph White and John Dunbar

    Version of Record online: 22 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4233

  2. To what extent have laterites contributed to the geochemical, surface reflectance and magnetic properties of adjacent tropical soils? Evidence from Niger and Burkina Faso

    A. Hunt, F. Oldfield, J. Bloemendal, J. F. Boyle, R. C. Chiverrell, R. Lyons, Z. Shen, E. R. Williams and W. Balsam

    Version of Record online: 22 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4203

  3. Discriminating between the roles of Late Pleistocene palaeodischarge and geological-topographic inheritance in fluvial longitudinal profile and channel development

    Colman Gallagher, Matthew Balme and Nicholas Clifford

    Accepted manuscript online: 20 SEP 2017 04:55PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4261

  4. Heterogeneous water storage and thermal regime of supraglacial ponds on debris-covered glaciers

    Cameron Scott Watson, Duncan J. Quincey, Jonathan L. Carrivick, Mark W. Smith, Ann V. Rowan and Robert Richardson

    Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4236

  5. Proglacial erosion rates and processes in a glacierized catchment in the Swiss Alps

    Ian Delaney, Andreas Bauder, Matthias Huss and Yvo Weidmann

    Accepted manuscript online: 19 SEP 2017 08:25AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4239



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Good practice in authoring manuscripts on Geomorphology

This article, written by Professor Stuart Lane, editor of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms,  provides excellent guidelines for Chinese authors. The article has been translated into local language for easy reading and comprehension.

Is there a geomorphological case for the Anthropocene?

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Chaired by Stephen Tooth, with panellists Professor Tony Brown, Simon Price and Professor Andreas Lang. Are we in the Anthropocene and no longer in the Holocene? Has human activity integrated and changed natural processes? Have we created our own geological time period?

ESEX Commentaries

The Anthropocene: is there a geomorphological case?

The ‘Anthropocene’, as used to describe the interval of recent Earth history during which humans have had an ‘overwhelming’ effect on the Earth system, is now being formally considered as a possible new geological Epoch. Such a new geological time interval (possibly equivalent to the Pleistocene Epoch) requires both theoretical justification as well as empirical evidence preserved within the geological record. Since the geological record is driven by geomorphological processes that produce terrestrial and near-shore stratigraphy, geomorphology has to be an integral part of this consideration. For this reason, the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) has inaugurated a Fixed Term Working Group to consider this issue and advise the Society on how geomorphologists can engage with debates over the Anthropocene.

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Marking time in Geomorphology: should we try to formalise an Anthropocene definition?

The value of a formally defined Anthropocene for geomorphologists is discussed. Human impacts have been diachronistic, multifaceted and episodic, as demonstrated by the record of alluvial deposition in the UK. Rather than boxing time into discrete eras or periods, modern research uses calendar dates and multiple dating techniques to explore co-trajectories for a range of human impacts. Despite the value of ‘The Anthropocene’ as an informal concept and as a prompt to useful debate, arriving at a single, generally acceptable formal definition is impractical, and has some disadvantages.

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The Wiley Award winner for the best paper published in ESPL 2016:

How long is a hillslope?

Stuart W.D. Grieve, Simon M. Mudd and Martin D. Hurst

Article first published online: 11 Jan 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3884


Good practice in authoring manuscripts on geomorphology
Stuart N. Lane

This article aims to help potential authors of geomorphological articles to get their work published.

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State-of-the-Science papers

State-of-the-Science papers are now a regular feature of the first issue of the journal each calendar year. These papers not only review but also reframe and reformulate our current understanding of key geomorphological questions.

AG/AIG Newsletters

From March 2014 onwards, the newsletters of the International Association of Geomorphologists will not be printed in ESPL nor included in issues online. However, we have decided to host them on the ESPL homepage here, so please see the latest newsletter (No. 32 (1/2016)) by clicking here.

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