Engineering Geomorphology

Theory and Practice

By P. G. Fookes E. Mark Lee J.S. Griffiths

Format: Paperback

Suitable for both practitioners and students, this book covers the topic of engineering geomorphology as a distinct discipline. It explains the causes, mechanisms and consequences of landform change and then considers how the land surface works in the context of wetland, flatland, hills, mountains, rivers and coasts.

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Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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This significant new book by foremost experts in the field will be the first that truly covers the topic of engineering geomorphology as a distinct discipline and, as such, will be of paramount importance to both practitioners and students. Engineering geomorphology is concerned with the evaluation of landform changes, especially the effects of construction on the environment, notably on the operation of surface processes and the risks from surface processes, whether current processes or the legacies of past processes. Engineering geomorphology provides practical support for engineering decision-making (project planning, investigation, design and construction) and engineering geomorphologists form an integrate part of the engineering or environmental team. Engineering geomorphology has developed in the last few decades to support a number of distinct areas of engineering, including river engineering, coastal engineering, and geotechnical engineering, where engineering geomorphology has complemented engineering geology and has proven to be valuable, especially for rapid site reconnaissance and slope stability studies.

Geomorphology provides a spatial context for developing site models and explaining the distribution and characteristics of particular ground-related problems (e.g. landslides, permafrost or the presence of aggressive soils) and resources (e.g. sand and gravel). Engineering geomorphology can also be applied to agricultural engineering, primarily in the investigation and management of soil erosion problems. This book includes basic concepts that underpin efforts to explain the causes, mechanisms and consequences of landform change. It then considers how the land surface works in the context of wetland, flatland, hills, mountains, rivers and coasts; and the techniques that are available to the engineering geomorphologist in the field, in the laboratory, in the office and in the various forms of remote sensing. Each succinct chapter is packed with vital information, well-illustrated with diagrams and tables and fully referenced so that the detail of subject matter can be followed up.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 6 Mar 2007
ISBN 9781904445388
Number of Pages 288

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'This is the handy source that brings together a wealth of basic data from a huge range of published and unpublished sources... it comes at a sensible price and it is tailored down and then expanded laterally to provide the basic facts that the engineer needs at work. ...great to pull off the shelf for a snapshot of available data and status quo in the huge field of geomorphology. This book really does belong on the office shelf, where it will soon become very well thumbed.' to be published in the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology

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