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10th International Conference on Geomorphology

Coimbra, Portugal
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The 10th International Conference of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) will take place in Coimbra, Portugal, from 6-10 September 2021.

The theme is "Geomorphology and Global Change".


Organizers anticipate a bustling scientific program representing the latest innovations in theoretical, methodological and applied approaches in geomorphology. The organisers, APGeom, are proud that the conference will be in Coimbra, a medium-sized city, rich in history and heritage, and strongly connected with its University, one of the oldest in Europe (730 years old) and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013.


The program will include opportunities to explore the diverse geomorphology of Portugal, from the mountains of Minho, through the Central Cordillera, passing carbonate and karstified massifs, quartzitic mountains and by the plateaus of 'Meseta' and Alentejo, down to a coastline with beach-dune systems, cliffs and estuaries of ecological value. Field trips such as to the Serrada Estrela, the Alentejan and Algarve coasts, the Cape Vert-Fogo island, the Azores and Madeira islands, etc. will be proposed around the conference dates.

ECR course

The usual opportunity will be offered to young geomorphologists to participate in a one-week intensive training course associated with the conference.

Preliminary thematic sessions

1. General and Historical Geomorphology
2. Methods and Techniques in Geomorphology
3. Geomorphological Mapping, GIS and Remote Sensing
4. Forms, Processes and Landscape Change
5. Climatic Geomorphology
6. Tectonic Geomorphology
7. Fluvial Geomorphology
8. Arid Zones and Aeolian Geomorphology
9. Marine and Coastal Geomorphology
10. Volcanic Geomorphology
11. Karst Geomorphology
12. Mountain Geomorphology
13. Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
14. Weathering, Soils and Landforms
15. Hillslope Processes and Landforms
16. Geomorphological Hazards and Risk Management
17. Applied Geomorphology
18. Geoarchaeology
19. Connectivity in Geomorphology
20. Urban Geomorphology and Anthropogenic Landscapes
21. Geoheritage, Cultural Geomorphology and Geotourism
22. Planetary Geomorphology

Excursions (confirmed)

One-day interconference field trips (Wednesday, 8 September)

- Serra da Estrela (Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology; Geoheritage)
- AroucaGeopark (Geoheritage; Geopark)
- Western Coast (Coastal Erosion)
- Limestone Massifs of Central Portugal (Karst and Palaeokarst)
- Coimbra City (Cultural Geomorphology) - Multiple tours

Multi-day pre- or post-conference field trips

- Lisbon Region (Structural Geomorphology, Slope Instability, Coastal Dynamics, Natural Hazards)
- Alentejan and Algarve coasts (Coastal Erosion and Hazards)
- Minho (Portugal) and Galicia (Spain) Regions (Coastal Dynamics; Natural Hazards)
- Gerês Mountains (Geomorphologic Landscapes; Geoheritage)
- Serra da Estrela (Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology; Geoheritage)
- Azores Islands (Volcanism; Geoheritage)
- Madeira Island (Natural Hazards; Geoheritage)
- Cape Vert-Fogo Island (Volcanism; Natural Hazards)

Further information

More information will be available in 2021.