Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Geomorphologists study how the earth’s surface is formed and changed by rivers, mountains, oceans, air, and ice. The role involves a large amount of fieldwork and research. The study of the land around us. The study of the land around us. Due to the varied nature of geomorphology it is possible to specialize in one area, choosing to study only rivers, sand, planetary, tectonics or wherever your preferences take you. The nature of this role often involves spending extended periods in remote locations. Duties include: Collecting data in the field; Analyzing data collected on field work trips; Writing reports on findings; Mapping out areas both before and after taking field measurements; Using computer models to determine any changes in the landscape; Communicating geomorphological findings through research papers and conferences; Conducting assessments of natural and disturbed systems; Mapping and modelling changes to areas and future impacts. Geomorphologists collect samples of organic materials such as sediments from streams and pollen from flowers to determine if any of these materials influenced the way the land is shaped. Geomorphology has advanced recently with the introduction of GIS and remote sensing programs improving map work.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods
Skills: Quantitative Methods, Physical Geography, Geographic Information Science, Remote Sensing, Cartography
Written by Christopher Hinojosa