Geomorphological heritage and geodiversity

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course has the main aim of illustrating the role of geodiversity in the landscape modeling and withìn the management of natural resources of the landscape, the inventory, assessment and valorisation of geomorphosites and the analysis of the geomorphological heritage evolution respect to climate change and human impact
Expected learning outcomes
Analize geosites and geomorphosites in relation with their census, valorization, conservation and protection, evolution in relation with climatic and anthropic factors. Analyze and evauate the local geodiversity
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
1) Introduction
the geomorphological landscape as a natural resource.
Cultural geomorphology.
geomorphological modeling processes, relation between climate conditions and relief modeling processes
Morphogenetic and morphoclimatic environments
The main current morphoclimatic zones; morphodynamic equilibrium

2) Geodiversity e geological-geomorphological heritage (geosites and geomorphosites)
Geodiversity, definitions and quantification through the use of indexes
Geosites and geomorphosites: definitions, history and evolution
Active, inactive, fossil landforms; active, passive, evolving passive geomorphosites.
Geosites census. Study case and normative aspects
Simple, complex and composite geomorphosites
Quantitative assessment of geomorphosites.
Scientific value of geo(morpho)sites. Investigation techniques.
Aesthetic, economic and cultural value of geo(morpho)sites.
Evolution and degradation of geomorphological assets in relation with climate change.
Geomorphosites fruition and deriving impacts.
Hazard and risks connected with geomorphosites
Valorization and promotion of geomorphological assets
Geo-touristic and geo-educational itineraries
European and Global Geoparks Network - EGN GGN

3) Geomorphosites in different morphogenetic and morphoclimatic contexts
Geomorphological processes, landscape landforms: landforms and geomorphosites modeled mainly by weathering processes. Study cases.
Landforms and geomorphosites modeled mainly by water runoff and their evolution. Study cases.
Landforms and geomorphosites modeled mainly by gravity processes. Study cases.
Landforms and geomorphosites modeled mainly by fluvial processes. Study cases.
Landforms and geomorphosites modeled mainly by coastal processes. Study cases.
Landforms and geomorphosites: lithological, structural and tectonic control. Study cases.
Volcanic Landforms and geomorphosites. Study cases.
Morphoclimatic landscapes and geomorphosites:
Glacial environment: glaciers, glacial geomorphosites and their evolution in relation with climate change. Study cases.
Periglacial environment: alpine and high latitude periglacial landforms. Periglacial environments geomorphosites and their evolution. Study cases.
Temperate environment: humid, temperate-humid and Mediterranean environments landforms and geomorphosites
Arid and desert environments: landforms, landscapes and geomorphosites.

4) Applications and laboratories:
geomorphological and geotouristic cartography and photointerpretation.
Practical experiences on geomorphosites quantitative assessment.
Application of multidisciplinary techniques for the analysis of geomorphosites evolution.
Lessons: 48 hours
Upon appointment arranged through e-mail
Room 54 or 59, First Floor