Geomorphology of Tropical Regions


a) To acquire knowledge about the different types of geomorphological processes in the tropical regions, as well as their characteristics and actuation intensities;
b) To understand the dynamics and importance of the vegetation on the functioning of geomorphological processes;
c) To understand the genesis of extreme natural events and their consequences in the tropics;
d) To evaluate the impact of human activities on the dynamics of tropical ecosystems;
e) To apply methodologies and specific knowledge on the analysis of the major landform units.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

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Teaching language





Demangeot, Jean (2005). Tropicalité - Géographie physique intertropicale.Paris: Armand Colin

Faniran, A. Jeje, L. K. (1983). Humid Tropical Geomorphology. London: Longman.

Gupta, A. (2011). Tropical Geomorphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Thomas, D. S. G (ed.) (1997). Arid Zone Geomorphology: Processes, Form and Change in Dry Lands. London: John Wiley and Sons.

Wirthmann, A. (1999). Geomorphology of the tropics. Berlim: Springer

Teaching method

Theory, expositive and participative classes.
Practical classes to prepare and support the research work

Evaluation method

Small essay, supported by reference e document material, resulting from autonomous research, written form, 20-30 pages. Written exam.

[According to the FCSH Assessment Standards, the proposed evaluation elements to introduce students in the first class may suffer readjustments, particularly in the percentage of each element.]

Subject matter

1) Introduction to tropical regions
2) Major landform units – stability and instability
3) Weathering and erosion in the humid and dry tropics
4) Slope dynamics in tropical regions
5) River systems in the tropics
6) Genesis of diverse landscape types
7) Human modifications on forms and processes
8) Environmental problems resulting from urbanization