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By Michael E. Meadows, Jiun-Chuan Lin (eds.)

This booklet offers with the connection among geomorphology and society. This subject has had quite scant remedy within the literature other than to some degree below the label “applied geomorphology”. during this textual content the authors target to assemble conceptual matters and case stories of the way geomorphology affects society and, certainly, how society is in flip motivated by way of geomorphology. In an age during which the impact of human actions on worldwide environments has develop into so paramount that it's more and more universal to consult it geologically because the “anthropocene”, the publication goals to mirror at the geomorphological importance of frequent and various types of human effect in a variety of environmental settings.

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Nor are universalistic assertions that human interventions are solely responsible for (almost) all kinds of critical developments along our coasts and rivers. One need not be a political ecologist to ask this type of questions about society-geomorphology interaction, but adopting some of its ways of framing scientific issues and learning from its insights would enrich any (but not only) human geographic exploration of aggregate issues. As to the geomorphological turn, some of the studies mentioned earlier point already to crucial, but underestimated facts, such as the succinct comments on seemingly ‘natural river systems’ that more often than not result from geomorphological and human co-production over centuries.

This is true both for media coverage, public opinion and academic research. The widely accepted narrative is that human intervention, in particular construction of dams in most river systems on the one hand and river and beach mining against a background of widespread problematic societal (mis-)management on the other, are responsible for a wide range of problems. The main links between the underlying causes and detrimental effects are perceived to lie in the way political systems permit societal actors (politicians included) to pursue development.

This role should not be a passive one, restricted to objectively predicting outcomes, or even posting warnings about bad choices’ (p. 60). The authors envision an active role for Anthropocene science, in which we try to identify more favourable outcomes and pathways to attaining them. One of the most important roles for scientists, as Slaymaker et al. (2009) argue, is to clarify the options that will enable us to respond to global environmental change in a sustainable way; the complex set of relationships between geomorphology and society surely need to be considered in choosing such options.

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