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The Geomorphological Map of Wales and its use in Geoconservation Assessment (poster)
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management. (Geomatik/Geomatics)
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales. (Centre for Glaciology)
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A geomorphological map is probably the most comprehensive way of illustrating the landform distribution, surface form, material, age, and the processes responsible for the landscape look. As such geomorphological maps are invaluable in the fields of geoconservation assessment, evaluation and management. It is therefore an oddity, as well as an inconvenience, that there is no systematic landform inventory or mapping of the geomorphology that is comparable to the surveys undertaken for geology or soils in the UK. For that purpose the project of “Developing a Geomorphological Map of Wales” was initiated by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) as part of a PhD project investigating the Quaternary glaciations of Wales.

To develop a mapping methodology suitable for the Welsh landscape, three contrasting areas were selected to provide a wide range of geomorphological features. Aerial photography, satellite imagery, digital elevation models, and field investigations of landform/sediment associations, formed the foundation for landform interpretation, which were compiled in a GIS.

Geomorphological maps of Cadair Idris, and the Central and North Cambrian Mountains were produced, scale 1:10 000 – 1:25 000. The maps form an extensive inventory of the geomorphological geodiversity, and were used for providing data to palaeoglaciological reconstructions and making geoconservation recommendations to the CCW. The recommended sites are of regional interest; their rareness, distinct morphology, interesting research and educational value makes them worthy of RIGS (Regional Important Geodiversity Sites) protection.

A Geomorphological Map of Wales has the potential for wider practical, scientific and educational benefits, such as for governmental bodies, local authority planners, tourism, researchers, teachers, landowners and land managers. Without a full account of all the geomorphological components of a landscape, there can be no full understanding of the landscape history or the various landforming processes. Important geodiversity sites may be overlooked, badly managed or lost before their full potential are realised.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
Geoconservation, geodiversity, Geomorphological Map of Wales, landscape, palaeoglaciological reconstructions
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary Physical Geography Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Remote Sensing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10520DiVA: diva2:444547
Conference
Geoconservation for Science and Society: An Agenda for the 21st Century, University of Worcester, 9-10 september, 2011
Available from: 2011-09-29 Created: 2011-09-28 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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