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Virtual field trips on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

Get an understanding of environmental and social challenges associated with climate change while exploring a variety of geomorphological environments across Europe.

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CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • CIVIS Hub 1
Course dates
April-May 2021

This online course is composed of a series of virtual field trips on geomorphology and Quaternary geology. It aims to provide students with a multidisciplinary field experience by giving them the opportunity to virtually visit different geomorphological environments and know about their challenges, they would not find in their home countries.

Objective of the course:

The course aims to introduce students to different geomorphological environments and address the current lack of field excursions for geoscience students due to the COVID pandemic. Thanks to the geomorphological characteristics of each CIVIS university, students will be trained in different geomorphological environments, connected with different prevailing processes and Quaternary history that have shaped the present landscape. Also, ongoing environmental and social challenges associated with climate change and regional developments will be addressed in the context of each geomorphological environment.

Structure of the course

The course consists of four virtual field trips that will take place at different locations, with field trip guides, multimedia material such as images, videos and google earth maps, that will allow participants to be acquainted with the study sites:

1. Coastal geomorphology and relative sea-level changes - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (19/04/2021, 11:00-14:00 CET)

2. Virtual field trip about coastal adaptation in the context of sea-level rise along the urbanized shoreline of Hyères (Var, France) - Aix Marseille University (20/04/2021, 11:00-14:00 CET)

3. Virtual fieldwork of Navarino Bay: water management, ecosystem restoration, and socio-economic developments in lights of the ongoing and projected hydro-climate and societal changes – Stockholm University - Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) (21/04/2021, 11:00-14:00 CET)

4. Fluvial geomorphology, weathering processes and morphostructure in central Spain – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (31/05/2021, 11:00-14:00 CET)

Duration of the course: 4 days 

Weekly study: 12 hours (3h per field trip)

Course format: virtual

Language: English

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

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Prof. Niki Evelpidou

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

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. 

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Prof. Jeronimo Lopez-Martinez, 

Prof. Lopez-Martinez is Professor of Geodynamics at the Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Faculty of Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Previous teaching at University Complutense of Madrid and University of Zaragoza (Spain). Visiting scientist at different universities and research centres. Research interest on: Geomorphology, Neotectonics, Quaternary geology, Karst geology, Palaeoclimatology, Geology of Antarctica, Hydrogeology, Geological hazards, Environmental Geology and Geological heritage. Principal researcher of more than 30 research projects and contracts. Author of more than 330 scientific publications. Director of eight PhD theses and a dozen of Master theses. Participation in many outreach activities, lecturer and curator of exhibitions. Member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. Evaluation of scientific projects and research institutes in different countries. Participation in the organization of several national and international conferences and in international scientific organizations.

Dr Belen Oliva-Urcia

Dr Belén Oliva-Urcia is an Associate Professor of Geodynamics at the Department of Geology and Geochemistry. She holds a PhD on Geology from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), dealing with palaeomagnetism, structural geology and deformation in mountain ranges. Research stages at the universities of Michigan (USA) and Karlsruhe (now KIT, Germany), and visits to other universities and research centres in the United States, Japan and Spain. Her research expertise includes environmental magnetism and external processes associated with paleoenvironmental changes within the last thousand years (lacustrine sediments, karst development). Author or co-author of 70 publications included in the WOS. Has presented research results in national and international meetings: EGU, AGU, IAGA, GSA and Geological Spanish Society meetings, and organised sessions in several conferences. 

Dr. Jose A. Ortega

Dr Jose A. Ortega is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Previous teaching and research stages at universities from the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. His research interest is mainly in fluvial geomorphology, including expertise in flashfloods & palaeofloods, ephemeral rivers and bedrock rivers. Author or co-author of ~70 publications (90% in fluvial geomorphology, 14 indexed papers) through the participation in 18 national and international projects. Currently, he is a member of the Spanish Society of Geomorphology, member of the editorial board of the Spanish Geological Society Journal and the Global Continental Palaeohydrology Group.

Dr Miguel Gomez-Heras

Dr Miguel Gomez-Heras is a Lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Previous teaching in other universities from Spain and the UK. His research deals with the material controls on rock weathering and decay of natural and stone-built heritage. He is particularly interested in Non-Destructive Techniques for monitoring weathering. His research led to 66 indexed papers through participation in several national and international projects. He has been a speaker in invited lectures and training courses at several institutions in France, Slovakia, México, Japan and the UK. Currently, he is a member of the Outreach Committee of the European Geosciences Union and sits on the boards of the Spanish Geological Society and the Spanish Royal Society of Natural History.

Aix-Marseille Université

Prof. Francois Sabatier

Dr. Francois Sabatier is an assistant professor in Physical Geography and Coastal Geomorphology in Aix-Marseille University, Director in the Department of Geography-Planning-Environment. His research interests revolve around coastal geomorphology, climate change, delta vulnerability, sea-level change, coastal erosion. He has more than 130 publications in conferences and scientific journals.

Stockholm University

Ass. Professor Zahra Kalantari

Prof. Zahra Kalantari is an associate professor in hydrology and coupled human-natural systems at KTH royal institute of technology and Stockholm university. She has successfully led and carried out interdisciplinary research and created a long-term legacy of research-policy-practice collaboration to build institutional capacity and a knowledge base about the greatest climate change-related challenges. She has participated in a number of international research and user networks, including European Cooperation in Science and Technology (ECOST). Through her dedicated teaching, the guidance of young researchers and sustainable research communication, she has contributed across disciplines and sector boundaries both in Sweden and internationally

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 14 April 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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