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Periglacial and Paraglacial Processes and Environments

Product Code: SP320
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by J Knight and S Harrison
Publication Date: 12 August 2009
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Periglacial and paraglacial environments, located outside ice sheet margins but responding to similar climate forcings, are key to identifying climate change effects upon the Earth system. These environments are relicts of cold Earth processes and so are most sensitive to global warming. Changes in the distribution and thickness of permafrost in continental interiors have implications for ecosystem and landscape stability. Periglacial Alpine environments are experiencing increased rockfall and mass movement, leading to rock glacier instability and sediment release to downstream rivers. In turn, these landscape effects impact on natural hazards and human activities in these sensitive and geologically transient environments.

Papers in this volume explore some of these interrelated issues in field studies from Europe, North America and Asia. The volume will be of interest to geomorphologists, modellers, environmental managers, planners and engineers working on landscape, climate and environmental change in periglacial and paraglacial areas.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-281-1
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-281-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 280
Weight: 0.85 kg


Periglacial and paraglacial environments: a view from the past into the future, J Knight & S Harrison

Periglacial processes and environments

From climatic to global change geomorphology: contemporary shifts in periglacial geomorphology, M-F André

Holocene microweathering rates and processes on ice-eroded bedrock, Røldal area, Hardangervidda, southern Norway, D T Nicholson

The role of buoyancy in palsa formation, M Seppälä & K Kujala

Basal glacier ice and massive ground ice: different scientists, same science? R I Waller, J B Murton & P G Knight

Proglacial, periglacial or paraglacial? O Slaymaker

Paraglacial environments and processes in the British Isles

On the interpretation of discrete debris accumulations associated with glaciers with special reference to the British Isles, W B Whalley

Paraglacial rock slope failure as an agent of glacial trough widening, D Jarman

Rockfall talus slopes and associated talus-foot features in the glaciated uplands of Great Britain and Ireland: periglacial, paraglacial or composite landforms? P Wilson

Paraglacial adjustment of the fluvial system to Late Pleistocene deglaciation: the Milfield Basin, northern England, D G Passmore & C Waddington

The limitations of Quaternary lithostratigraphy: an example from southern Ireland, J Knight

Paraglacial processes, climate change and sediment supply

Geotechnical controls on a steep lateral moraine undergoing paraglacial slope adjustment, A M Curry, T B Sands & P R Porter

Fluvial response to Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Nostetuko River valley, southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, K Wilkie & J J Clague

Paraglacial geomorphology of Quaternary volcanic landscapes in the southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, P A Friele & J J Clague

Glacially conditioned rock-slope failures and disturbance-regime landscapes, Upper Indus Basin, northern Pakistan, K Hewitt

Climate sensitivity: implications for the response of geomorphological systems to future climate change, S Harrison



Wishall A. Mitchell

This SP is divided into three sections, the first dealing with periglacial environments. This is followed by a section on paraglacial processes and environments in the British Isles, and a final section relating to more general paraglacial issues.

....this is an interesting publication bringing together a number of studies that demonstrate key issues in cold-climate geomorphology and elaborate on the subject’s role, with particular reference to sensitive environmental responses to ongoing climate change. The collection provides a thoughtful commentary on the paraglacial concept.

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