Global planetary change and catastrophic earth-surface evolution: Implications for modern geomorphological research

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Abstract

Current international programs of global planetary change research overemphasize the role of analysis as manifested in the idealized predictions of mathematical models, a strategy that contains potential flaws both scientifically and as a matter of public policy. Similar methodological problems have impeded progress in understanding the catastrophic processes that affect landforms and landscapes at various spatial scales. An increased emphasis on synthetic scientific reasoning through the use of natural indexical signs can provide a more balanced scientific approach to advancing understanding in both these areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalGeographia Polonica
Volume84
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Catastrophic processes
  • Geomorphology
  • Global change
  • Landscape evolution
  • Modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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