Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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Edited By: Professor S. N. Lane

Impact Factor: 3.697

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

Online ISSN: 1096-9837

Just Published Articles

  1. Variation in the sediment deposition behind check–dams under different soil erosion conditions on the Loess Plateau, China

    Yanhong Wei, Zhong He, Juying Jiao, Yujin Li, Yixian Chen and Hengkang Zhao

    Accepted manuscript online: 21 FEB 2018 08:15AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4364

  2. Unraveling the roles of asymmetric uplift, normal faulting and groundwater flow to drainage rearrangement in an emerging karstic landscape

    Christine Authemayou, Gilles Brocard, Bernard Delcaillau, Stéphane Molliex, Kevin Pedoja and Laurent Husson

    Accepted manuscript online: 21 FEB 2018 06:55AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4363

  3. Changes in the Saltation Flux Following a Step-Change in Macro-Roughness

    J.A. Gillies, V. Etyemezian, G. Nikolich, W.G. Nickling and J.F. Kok

    Accepted manuscript online: 21 FEB 2018 04:25AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4362

  4. A well-preserved Eemian incised-valley fill in the southern North Sea Basin, Belgian Continental Shelf - Coastal Plain: implications for northwest European landscape evolution

    M. De Clercq, T. Missiaen, J. Wallinga, O. Zurita Hurtado, A. Versendaal, M. Mathys and M. De Batist

    Accepted manuscript online: 21 FEB 2018 02:25AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4365

  5. Excavation of subglacial bedrock channels by seasonal meltwater flow

    Flavien Beaud, Jeremy G. Venditti, Gwenn E. Flowers and Michele Koppes

    Accepted manuscript online: 20 FEB 2018 11:55PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.4367



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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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