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Webinars on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

This course explores key concepts and fundamental principles of geomorphology, geomorphological hazards and Quaternary geology through different environments and methodologies.

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Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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Course dates
1-5 March 2021

Webinars on "Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology” is a short-term virtual mobility course that consists of five webinars on different topics of geomorphology, geomorphological hazards and Quaternary geology. The webinar takes place during the International Geomorphology Week and is supported by the International Association of Geomorphologists.

Objective of the course:

The objective of the course “Webinars on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology” is to provide students with new skills and knowledge. Different aspects of geomorphology and Quaternary geology will be addressed bringing particular expertise that will allow to improve the regular learning outcomes of students and provide them with a more thorough education.

Structure and content of the course:

The course programme consists of five  webinars that will take place during the International Geomorphology Week:

1. Coastal geomorphology and Holocene Sea level changes – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Date: Mon 1 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (CET)

This webinar aims to train students on how to understand relative sea level changes using sea level indicators. The topics include the various types of sea level indicators, such as archaeological, geomorphological, sedimentological, biological with emphasis on the accuracy of each type and the information obtained. Students will also be educated on the main dating methods for sea level indicators. The webinar will deal with the usefulness of sea level indicators in the identification of palaeoseismicity, with examples from the eastern Mediterranean. The webinar will also discuss coastal geomorphology topics, such as coastal hazards with focus on palaeo-tsunamis, coastal erosion, impacts of climate change and adaptation and the evolution of the coastal zone during the Holocene.

2. Applied geomorphology in territorial planning – University of Bucharest

Date: Tue 2 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (CET)

This webinar will train students on how to understand the role of geomorphological research for optimal spatial planning. The strategy of territorial developing starts from the knowledge of the shape, nature and dynamic of landforms which are in a continuous evolution and transformation. Students will learn to conduct researches using specific principles, methods and techniques in order to identify and analyze geomorphological processes, including natural hazards (such as floods, landslides, ravines, lateral erosion) and their risks for society. It will be discussed how the geomorphological analysis can be used to design development policies in order to organize sustainable socio-economic activities accordance with an efficient environmental planning and management.

3. Quaternary stratigraphy and paleoglaciology – Stockholm University

Date: Wed 3 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (CET)

The main focus of this webinar will be the development of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet during the Quaternary glaciations with special emphasis on the deglaciation of the Weichselian ice sheet. The topics will include Quaternary stratigraphy and glacial landforms and how these can be used for ice sheet reconstructions. This webinar/online lecture will also discuss methods for dating glacial landforms and sediments, for example TCN dating, clay-varve chronology and tephrochronology

4. Fluvial geomorphology – human impacts and their effects on fluvial systems – flash floods – Harokopio University, Greece

Date: Thu 4 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (CET)

This webinar aims for the students to become familiar with fluvial processes in tectonically active areas and to understand the influence of human activities on the “fluvial system”. The webinar will deal with fluvial processes (erosion, sediment transport and deposition), the factors affecting these processes (e.g. climate, tectonic activity etc.) with special focus on human activities (climate change, channel alignment, dam construction, urbanization etc.). The topics will also include extreme fluvial processes/fluvial hazards with special emphasis on flash floods providing examples from Greece. The webinar will also discuss flood-risk management in ungauged catchments.

5. Long-term coastal landslide evolution and sea-level change – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Date: Fri 5 March 2021, 11:00-14:00 (CET)

The webinar presents a multidisciplinary approach based on the integration of terrestrial and marine datasets which can be used in the investigation of the long-term geomorphological evolution of coastal landslides. The results of research carried out in the open-air laboratory of the Maltese Islands (central Mediterranean Sea) will be shown with particular emphasis on the (i) understanding of the paleo-environmental conditions under which the landslides developed, (ii) identification of their conditioning and triggering factors, (iii) assessment of landslide hazard. The research carried out on emerged coastal landslides was integrated with identification and mapping of submarine landslide deposits by means of a Digital Elevation Model based on a multibeam survey coupled with an airborne bathymetric LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) survey. In addition, the time frame of possible landslide onset was determined by means of Cosmogenic Radionuclide Exposure dating (CRE).

Duration of the course: 5 days 

Weekly study: 10-15 hours (2-3h per webinar)

Course format: virtual

Location: online

Language: English


The course is open to Bachelor, Master or PhD students from the CIVIS member Universities as well as external institutions, with a background on geology, geomorphology, environmental sciences.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Prof. Niki Evelpidou, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment

Prof. Evelpidou is a distinguished Doctor in both the Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment of the University of Athens and the Faculty of Geoarchaeology of the University of Franche Compte, in France. She is actively involved in the research fields of geomorphology, sea-level changes, palaeogeography, geoarchaeology, spatial technologies, study and modelling of natural hazards while emphasizing on the use of new technologies and innovation. She counts more than 250 publications in scientific journals and 17 books and textbooks, while she has given many lectures in Greece and abroad.

Dr Anna Karkani, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment

Dr Anna Karkani is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests are mostly focused on geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, natural hazards, palaeogeography and sea-level changes. She has 18 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and 33 conference announcements.

University of Bucharest

Prof. Mihaela Verga, Faculty of Geography,

Prof. Verga is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, specialized in environmental sciences, applied geomorphology, land deterioration, natural hazards and risks. She is involved in research projects on the Carpathian region, training programs for secondary school teachers, teaching assignments in Erasmus+ Program, educational programs in protected areas. Author of several books/book chapters, scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals or proceedings of international conferences. Leader of Romanian national team at the International Geography Olympiad, rewarded by the Ministry of Education and Research for meritorious results.

Stockholm University

Dr. Britta Sannel, Department of Physical Geography

Dr. Sannel is specialized in periglacial environments, with a particular research focus on landscape development and dynamics in sub-Arctic permafrost peatlands. Author or co-author of 27 peer-reviewed publications (WoS), including five publications in Nature (1 Nature, 2 Nature Communications, 1 Nature Climate Change and 1 Nature Geoscience). She is the coordinator of the master’s Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate at Stockholm University and has led or co-lead more than 20 field courses in physical geography to New Zealand, northern Fennoscandia, Portugal and Estonia.


Prof. Stefan Wastegård, Department of Physical Geography,

Prof Wastegård is specialized in climate and environmental change during the Quaternary period with a particular focus on volcanic ash deposits and how these can be used to date and correlate diverse climate archives in the North Atlantic region and elsewhere. Author of more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles. Subject representative for the PhD education in Physical Geography at Stockholm University. Experience of fieldwork and field-courses in Fennoscandia, Iceland, UK and Argentina. Member of research grant boards in Sweden, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. Examiner and opponent of ca 10 PhD theses.


Prof. Arjen Stroeven, Department of Physical Geography

Prof. Stroeven is actively involved in the research fields of geomorphology, especially in formerly glaciated regions, the application of cosmogenic nuclide analyses in geomorphology, especially in (long-term) landscape evolution, and works currently on projects in Antarctica, Tibet and Fennoscandia. He has co-authored almost 100 publications in scientific journals and contributed to several books and textbooks. His applied research focusses on climate change adaptation (REACT). He teaches geomorphology and is frequently leading field courses in paleoglaciology and glaciology in the Swedish mountains (e.g. Tarfala Research Station), and southern Spain. He teaches at the Karthaus summer school (in glaciology) and is the Swedish representative in GeoNorth. Finally, he is scientific editor for three EGU Open Access journals.

Non-CIVIS academics:

Harokopio University, Greece

Prof. Efthimios Karymbalis, Department of Geography,

Efthimios Karymbalis is a Professor in Coastal and Fluvial Geomorphology. He holds a BSc. in Geology from the Department of Geology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (1992) and a PhD in Geomorphology from the same University (1996). His research interests focus on Fluvial Geomorphology, Coastal Geomorphology, Palaeogeographic evolution of coastal areas – sea-level fluctuations, Morphotectonics, Natural Hazards (river floods, sea-level rise, shoreline erosion), Geomorphological mapping.

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Prof. Mauro Soldati

Prof Soldati is specialised in ‘Geomorphology’ and of ‘Georisks and Civil Protection’. Member of the Academic Senate of Unimore. Expert in landslide hazard assessment and management and in geoheritage recognition and assessment. President of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG).


Ass. Prof. Paola Coratza

Prof. Coratza is a senior researcher and lecturer of ‘Geomorphology’ and ‘GIS and thematic mapping’. Expert in environmental geomorphology and in geoheritage recognition and assessment. Chairman of the Working Group on Geomorphosites of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG). Erasmus Coordinator.

Candidates interested in the course should send a short statement in English specifying the reasons for their interest and expectations in the course through the online form (by clicking on "apply now").

A notification email with all details for the webinars will be communicated to participants on 24 February 2021.
Point of contact for additional question/information:
Professor Niki Evelpidou, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens:

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