The physical landscape

The physical landscape represents the outcome of interactions between climate, lithology, and soil. This has given rise to a complex and dynamic surface upon which our society is built. Because the processes resulting in the formation of this physical environment occur on a wide array of different temporal and spatial scales, they present their own set of challenges in terms of data collection and understanding. Some of the research topics that are of interest include:  

  • Anthropogenic drivers of biodiversity and climate change 
  • The application of geospatial technologies to study landscape processes 
  • Improving experimental design and field data gathering techniques 
  • Rock weathering 
  • Soil erosion 
  • Animal-induced soil disturbance 
  • Understanding process and landform dynamics in polar desert environments
  • Using machine learning to collect data on landforms 
  • Vegetation change and plant-landform interactions
  • Ecological consequences of mammal burrowing

Staff involved include Prof Emma Archer, Dr Christel Hansen, Dr. Natalie Haussmann, Mr Michael Loubser, Prof Abel Ramoelo, Mr Barend van der Merwe

- Author Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology

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