Powerful Geography




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 tripsWriting reports on findingsMapping out areas both before and after taking field measurementsUsing computer models to determine any changes in the landscapeCommunicating geomorphological findings through research papers and conferencesConducting assessments of natural and disturbed systemsMapping and modelling changes to areas and future impactsGeomorphologists 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 

Occupation Group: Life, Physical, and Social Science

Learn more about Geomorphologist from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/geographers.htm#tab-1

Written by Christopher Hinojosa