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The Dick Chorley Award

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One of Dick Chorley’s lasting contributions to geomorphology lies in the post-graduate students whom he inspired and guided at the start of their academic careers. Many have gone on to academic careers themselves, and include several of the leading figures in British geomorphology. In recognition of Dick’s commitment to serving the future of the discipline, the BSG has decided to honour his memory by creating the Dick Chorley Medal and Prize (£500) for Postgraduate Research. The award is made for a published paper based on PhD research, where the nominee is expected to be the first author. Nominees should be within 4 years of their PhD award at the time of nomination.

Nominations are drawn together for the selection process in January each year and should be suibmitted by the end of December of the preceding year. Unsuccessful nominations will be carried forward for a maximum of two further years, if (i) the Research Committee deems them to be of a sufficiently high calibre to be competitive in future years and (ii) the nominee remains eligible for the Award.

Latest Winner

Dr Alvise Finotello (2021)

The winner of this year's Chorley Award is Dr Alvise Finotello (University of Venice, Italy) for his lead-authorship of the paper “Field migration rates of tidal meanders recapitulate fluvial morphodynamics” published in 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using a combination of field observations and analysis of aerial photography from saltmarshes in Italy, Dr Finotello’s paper challenges the view that tidal channels are stable landscape features and that they are different to the more familiar meandering channels of fluvial systems, erasing the long-prevailing perception that sinuous tidal creeks don't meander. At the time of the nomination, the article has been accessed >4300 times.

Finotello, A., Lanzoni, S., Ghinassi, M., Marani, M., Rinaldo, A., & D’Alpaos, A. Field migration rates of tidal meanders recapitulate fluvial morphodynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(7), 1463-1468

The winner this year is Dr Alvise Finotello (University of Venice, Italy) for his lead-authorship of the paper “Field migration rates of tidal meanders recapitulate fluvial morphodynamics” published in 2018 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Using a combination of field observations and analysis of aerial photography from saltmarshes in Italy, Dr Finotello’s paper challenges the view that tidal channels are stable landscape features and that they are different to the more familiar meandering channels of fluvial systems, erasing the long-prevailing perception that sinuous tidal creeks don't meander. At the time of the nomination, the article has been accessed >4300 times.

Finotello, A., Lanzoni, S., Ghinassi, M., Marani, M., Rinaldo, A., & D’Alpaos, A. Field migration rates of tidal meanders recapitulate fluvial morphodynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(7), 1463-1468

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