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EGU 2020 - Session GM12.1 ’’Essential variables influencing geodiversity: contributions to geoheritage in response to global change’’ (Vienna, 03-08/05/2020) - cancelled the physical General Assembly 2020 in Vienna

Dear Geodiversity and Geoheritage Enthusiasts,


We would like to make the geodiversity and geoheritage communities aware of the joint session GM12.1 on “Essential variables influencing geodiversity: contributions to geoheritage in response to global change” at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, 2-8 May 2020.


A Keynote Lecture on Refining geodiversity variables for monitoring global mining will be given by Harry Seijmonsbergen with his coworkers: Joe McMeekin, Eline Rentier, Emma Polman, and Kenneth Rijsdijk.

A invited presentation on GIS and geomatics for hydrogeodiversity assessment of glaciated mountains: examples from the Western Alps (Italy) and the Coast Mountains (Canada) will be given by Luigi Perotti.


Please consider submission of abstracts to this session co-organized by the International Association of Geomorphologists Working Group on Landform Assessment for Geodiversity and the International Association of Geomorphologists Working Group on Geomorphological Sites, co-organized by EOS6 and co-sponsored by the Association of Polish Geomorphologists and the International Association of Geomorphologists:

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is the 15th of January 2020, 13:00 CET. More information how to submit an abstract can be found on:


Abstract of the session: Geodiversity, including surface and subsurface phenomena, objects and processes, reflects the current state of abiotic nature on the Earth. For this purpose, various methods of assessing geodiversity are used, from through mapping to simultaneous monitoring of dynamic elements of the geographical environment.

- Traditionally, rich descriptions of single variables and a static image of geodiversity is obtained through mapping, which registers the current face of the Earth.

- Another solution is a simultaneous record and/or multitemporal assessment of geodiversity through monitoring systems of key environmental elements, including satellite monitoring and geomatics techniques. This approach makes it possible to track changes in geodiversity at different time intervals and thus gain information on dynamic geodiversity.

For both static and dynamic geodiversity, it is essential to choose the right variables and approach that will best reflect the nature of both types of geodiversity as well as will be relevant for issues related to the services offered by geodiversity. Identifying these Essential Geodiversity Variables (EGVs, sensu Schrodt et al. 2019) as geoindicators is the main task of this session. The large amount of available geoindicators makes it difficult to identify those that would comprehensively meet the expectations of specialists from various disciplines involved in the geodiversity assessment. Nevertheless, geodiversity is now recognized as highly relevant to both scientific and management issues related to Earth surface processes and landscape evolution and an effort for improved EGVs selection should be made. Our EGVs perspective is to contribute to the establishment of a Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework associated to environmental issues related to global change, ecosystem services and geoheritage.

This session invites scientific oral and poster contributions on geodiversity in context of geoheritage of natural and cultural landscapes.


We hope to see you at EGU2020, and, indeed, at our session.


Zbigniew Zwoliński, Irene Bollati, Paola Coratza, Marco Giardino, and Franziska Schrodt - conveners


International Association of Geomorphologists

Working Group on Landform Assessment for Geodiversity

Chair: Zbigniew Zwolinski, Co-Chair: Marco Giardino, Secretary: Alicja Najwer



Stowarzyszenie Geomorfologów Polskich / Association of Polish Geomorphologists

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