Geomorphology articles from across Nature Portfolio

Geomorphology is the study of landforms and landscapes on Earth and other planets, and the processes that shape them. This discipline is primarily concerned with the erosion and deposition of rock and sediments by wind and water, but also includes the creation of topography through tectonics.


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  • News & Views |

    Deciphering the contribution of mantle convection to Earth’s surface elevation remains challenging, but it may have a dominant influence on mountain-building at subduction zones, according to a new study reconstructing the topographic evolution of Calabria.

    • Gregory A. Ruetenik
  • News & Views |

    Global warming is changing monsoon systems, the Hadley circulation and the activity of extratropical cyclones. Now, a study shows how these changes will affect the Earth’s arid sand deserts, with profound implications for the environmental and technological sectors.

    • Eric J. R. Parteli
    Nature Climate Change 12, 967-968
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The Tibetan Plateau plays a central role in global atmospheric circulation, acts as a key biodiversity hotspot, and delivers fresh water for more than 20% of the global population. Projecting its future uplift and erosion trajectory over geological time can offer potential testable hypotheses into interactions between tectonic and surface processes.

    • Patrice. F. Rey
    • , Tristan Salles
    •  & Kilian Liss
  • News & Views |

    Sea level rise causes barrier islands to migrate landward. Coastal evolution modelling reveals a centennial-scale lag in island response time and suggests migration rates will increase by 50% within the next century, even if sea level were to stabilize.

    • Laura J. Moore
    •  & A. Brad Murray
    Nature Geoscience 15, 602-603