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Principles of Soilscape and Landscape Evolution
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Computational models are invaluable in understanding the complex effects of physical processes and environmental factors which interact to influence landform evolution of geologic time scales. This book provides a holistic guide to the construction of numerical models to explain the co-evolution of landforms, soil, vegetation and tectonics, and describes how the geomorphology observable today has been formed. It explains the science of the physical processes and the mechanics of how to solve them, providing a useful resource for graduates studying geomorphology and sedimentary and erosion processes. It also emphasises the methods for assessing the relative importance of different factors at field sites, enabling researchers to select the appropriate processes to model. Integrating a discussion of the fundamental processes with mathematical formulations, it guides the reader in understanding which processes are important and why; and creates a framework through which to study the interaction of soils, vegetation and landforms over time.


'This book was worth the wait! What started as a description of a pioneer modelling effort thirty years ago ended up as a comprehensive treatise on soil and landscape evolution enriched by the experience of Dr Willgoose. Hydrologists and geomorphologists interested in a quantitative understanding of what goes on the critical surface zone of the geosphere must read this book.'

Rafael L. Bras - Georgia Institute of Technology

'If it moves, model it! There is no better synthesis of all the various elements in landscapes and soil than this lifetime compilation in which Willgoose examines the many mechanisms operating in the landscape, at scales from continental tectonics down to the soil profile, demonstrating how he and others have built them into functional, mutually consistent and inter-connecting models. Its greatest strengths lie in the incorporation of soil processes - physical breakdown, mixing and weathering; and in how principles and models have been applied to the management of degrading spoil heaps.'

Mike Kirkby - University of Leeds

'An outstanding synthesis that thoroughly addresses both the theoretical basis and practical application of landscape evolution modelling - a benchmark of its kind.'

Stuart Lane - Université de Lausanne

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  • 6 - Soils: Soil Depth
    pp 90-95
  • 7 - Soils: Physical Weathering and Soil Particle Fragmentation
    pp 96-118


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