Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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Edited By: Professor S. N. Lane

Impact Factor: 2.845

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/46 (Geography Physical); 31/175 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1096-9837

Just Published Articles

  1. Planform dynamics of the Iquitos anabranching structure in the Peruvian upper Amazon river

    A. Mendoza, J.D. Abad, C.E. Frias, C. Ortals, J. Paredes, H. Montoro, J. Vizcarra, C. Simon and G. Soto-Cortés

    Accepted manuscript online: 2 FEB 2016 02:58AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3911

  2. Apparent dynamic stability of the southeast African coast despite sea level rise

    A. M. Smith, S. C. Bundy and J. A. G. Cooper

    Accepted manuscript online: 2 FEB 2016 02:54AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3917

  3. Morphology, structure and kinematics of a rainfall controlled slow-moving Andean landslide, Peru

    Swann Zerathe, Pascal Lacroix, Denis Jongmans, Jersy Marino, Edu Taipe, Marc Wathelet, Walter Pari, Lionel Fidel Smoll, Edmundo Norabuena, Bertrand Guillier and Lucile Tatard

    Accepted manuscript online: 2 FEB 2016 02:53AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3913

  4. Influence of lithostratigraphy on the retreat of an unconsolidated sedimentary coastal cliff (St. Lawrence estuary, eastern Canada)

    Gabriel Joyal, Patrick Lajeunesse, Antoine Morissette and Pascal Bernatchez

    Article first published online: 2 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3886

  5. Human impact on Holocene sediment dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean – the example of the Roman harbour of Ephesus

    Friederike Stock, Maria Knipping, Anna Pint, Sabine Ladstätter, Hugo Delile, Andreas G. Heiss, Hannes Laermanns, Piers D. Mitchell, René Ployer, Martin Steskal, Ursula Thanheiser, Ralf Urz, Volker Wennrich and Helmut Brückner

    Accepted manuscript online: 2 FEB 2016 02:07AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/esp.3914



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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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Excellence in Reviewing Award

Congratulations to Professor Tracy Brennand, the winner of the 2014 Michael J Kirkby Award for Excellence in Reviewing for Earth Surface Processes and Landforms in 2013.

Best Paper in 2014

The 2015 Wiley Award, given for the best publication in ESPL in 2014, was made to Liam Goren and co-authors for a paper entitled: Coupled numerical–analytical approach to landscape evolution modeling. The evaluation panel noted that this paper is an ambitious but equally well crafted piece of work that merits the Wiley Award for both its broad applicability to an area of research that is of contemporary importance in geomorphology but also for its potential to improve understanding of a wide range of Earth surface processes.

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. 31 (3/2015)) by clicking here.


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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.