Global Landscape Dynamics (F8051S)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Global Landscape Dynamics focuses on the geomorphological processes that underpin landscape sensitivity and vulnerability to changing environmental conditions whether natural or human-induced. Geomorphologists study the world's most visually appealing landscapes and this module introduces key theoretical concepts that inform environmental management on engineering timescales. The behaviour of landscape components and their response to dynamic forcing factors are examined under a variety of climatic conditions, from hot to cold and hyperarid to wet extremes.

You are introduced to the properties of earth surface materials, how they are shaped and how they interact with hydrology and ecology via climatic controls. These themes form the basis for examining the dynamics of slopes, rivers, coasts, glaciers, permafrost and deserts, as well as landscapes developed in particular rock types such as limestone and granite. In the context of global environmental change this module provides the intellectual framework for understanding the impact of natural and human forcing factors on the world's landscapes.


100%: Lecture


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 130 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.