The joint International Geographical Union – International Association of Geomorphologists Commission/Working Group is established with the name:

Geomorphology and Society: Past, Present and Future

In recognizing that we now live in a world in which the relationship between environment and society has fundamentally changed due to the nature and scale of the human footprint on the planet, the joint IGU/IAG Commission/Working Group adopts the following objectives:


  • To develop an international network of scientists with common interests in geomorphology and, in particular, the complex, integrated and dynamic nature of the relationship between landforms, landform processes and people. 
  • To encourage teaching, research and outreach on topics including inter alia landform evolution, landscape sensitivity and resilience, geohazards, geoheritage, geomorphological responses to (and evidence for) environmental change, and applied geomorphology.
  • To share relevant data and to foster the exchange of information through a website, regular newsletters and social media etc.
  • To stimulate interaction with and among young and early career scientists and those from the developing world.
  • To develop joint international research projects and arrange conferences, field and laboratory training workshops and summer schools.
  • To support applied geomorphological research in way that builds gateways to policy makers and societal engagement.
  • To contribute special paper sessions and symposia at the Congresses and Regional Conferences of the International Geographical Union and the International Association of Geomorphologists.