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A celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 April 2019

Rebecca M. Briant*
Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom
David R. Bridgland
Department of Geography, Upper Mountjoy, Durham, DH1 3LE, United Kingdom
Stephane Cordier
Département de Géographie-UMR (Unite Mixte de Recherche) 8591 CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)-Université Paris 1-Université Paris Est Créteil, 61 avenue du General de Gaulle, 94010, Créteil Cedex, France
Gilles Rixhon
Ecole Nationale du Génie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement de Strasbourg (ENGEES), 1 Quai Koch, 67070 Strasbourg, France Laboratoire Image Ville Environnement (LIVE)-UMR (Unite Mixte de Recherche) 7362 CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)- University of Strasbourg, 3 rue de l'Argonne, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Ronald van Balen
Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
*Corresponding author e-mail address:


The Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) was founded in 1996 to bring together researchers looking at the development of fluvial systems over multiple timescales and global spatial scales. Fluvial archives of various types are important not just because they provide insights into past landscape dynamics, e.g., driven by climate or crustal processes, but also because they frequently contain fossil or archaeological material for which they provide stratigraphic control. Since 1996, FLAG has evolved from a research group of the British Quaternary Research Association into an organisation with around 500 members in over 20 countries. The research group held 12 biennial meetings, comprising both presentations and field excursions, as well as multiple themed sessions at international conferences. These had resulted by 2017 in 19 journal special issues, all fully detailed by Cordier et al. (2017). The goals of FLAG are: provision of a community for discussion of key issues concerning fluvial archives, including organising the aforementioned biennial discussion/field meetings, sessions at relevant international conferences, and special issues of journals; continued promotion of the value of fluvial archives by means of readily accessible published information; and coordination of activity with other research groupings with overlapping interests, e.g., by co-convening sessions and collaborating on publications.

Thematic Set: Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) Poland
Copyright © University of Washington. Published by Cambridge University Press, 2019 

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