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Supporting and developing the applied geomorphology community

The BSG Committee for Professional Geomorphology works to lead, support and improve the discipline of applied professional geomorphology. 

Geomorphologists play a key role in many professional spheres: academia, rivers trusts, environmental and engineering consultants, and national and local government.

This committee links researchers with practitioners so that the latest geomorphological science is applied to real world issues.

We are creating a friendly professional network of geomorphologists to share technical knowledge and experiences, and to help people develop their career in this fascinating and essential discipline. Whether you're a researcher, undergrad or postgrad, consultant, practitioner or regulatory geomorphologist, we'd like to help you. 

Our links with the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

The BSG is affiliated to the RGS, and we work jointly to promote professionalism in geomorphology. We encourage professional applied geomorphologist members of the BSG to become Chartered Geomorpholologists, gaining CGeog (Geomorph) status http://www.geomorphology.org.uk/cgeog-geomorph.

As part of the committee's work to support professional geomorphologists, we are planning future CPD events jointly with the RGS. If you have ideas or suggestions for events or learning please let us know.

If you are considering careers in geography or geomorphology, check out the Royal Geographical Society's professional profiles to learn about careers in geography and geomorphology

What the Committee does:

  1. • Provides a forum for professional applied geomorphologists to share current issues and hot topics, support academic research and share knowledge
  2. • Grows the influence of geomorphology, communicating its benefits and strengthening links with other organisations
  3. • Encourages and support high professional standards and behaviours 
  4. • Supports geomorphology as a career by encouraging new geomorphologists and helping people develop professionally
  5. • Connects professional applied geomorphologists by organising meetings, workshops and events to share good practice and to support each other.

Our vision can be found at https://www.geomorphology.org.uk/sites/default/files/CPG%20vision%20and%...

BSG Annual conference | 9th to 11th September 2019 | Sheffield

In September 2019 we ran a special papers session on applied geomorphology, plus a workshop at the BSG Annual Conference in Sheffield. This was a great chance for people to share learning and to network: 48 people attended from 27 different organisations, including 10 Universities, 9 consultancies, the Royal Geographical Society, the British Geological Survey, the British Society for Geomorphology, The River Restoration Centre, two Rivers Trusts, the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Case studies were discussed from research and applied perspectives, and feedback was excellent. Take a look at the flyer below to find out what the workshop involved


Innovative approach to river restoration workshop


In April 2019 we ran our first applied geomorphology event, a River and Floodplain restoration workshop with Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham) together with Paul Powers and Johan Hogervorst from the US Forest Service, the Environment Agency Geomorphology team, and Isobel Wright from the University of Lincoln.

The event was a real success, with over 40 people from a range of backgrounds. A few quotes:

"An ace few days... so inspiring"

"I've been waiting for something like this to happen for the past 20 years"

"I thought it was brilliant"


Autumn 2018 newsletter  

- Autumn 2018 News - Committee for Professional Geomorphology


Who's who 

The committee structure is shown below, and the members are:

  • Chair - Richard Jeffries (Environment Agency)
  • Secretary - Katy Kemble (Jacobs)
  • Representative for consultancy - Suzie Maas (Atkins)
  • Representative for academia - Pete Downs (Plymouth)
  • Representative for Regulators - Jo Shanahan (Environment Agency)
  • Representatives for postgraduates: Eleonore Heasley and Eilidh Stott. 
  • Representative NGOs: Lucy Shuker (Thames 21) and Julie Wozniczka (Trent Rivers Trust). 

Please contact us for further information [email protected].