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- Desert Geomorphology:

This course is about the nature, origin and the physical/environmental evolution of arid lands.

Your knowlege about Geology, Geomorphology, Remote Sensing (RS) and the Physical Environment can be helpful for you for better understanding this course.  

I will particularly focus on the geomorphology and environments of the Iran deserts, arid zone landform and aeolian process and landform in Iran.

The main references for this course:

- Parsons. J. A., A. D. Abrahams. 2009. “Geomorphology of Desert Environments” Springer press, second edition, 840 pp

- Thomas, D. S.G. 2011. “Arid Zone Geomorphology, Process, Form and Change in Drylands”, Wiley press, 3th edition, 624 pp

- Cooke, R.U., Warren, A. and Goudie, A.S. 1993. "Desert Geomorphology", UCL Press, London.

- Laity, J. 2008. "Deserts and Desert Environments", Wiley-Blackwell press, (This book translated in Persian by Dr. Goorabi and published by Tehran University press)


Attached please find the aealian operations in the arid ecosystem discussed about landforms formation in arid zone

(D. Thomas. 2011. Arid Zone Geomorphology, Wiley press)

- Aeolian landforms

Course Name: Desert Geomorphology/Geomorphology 2 (Bsc degree)

Dear Students: The upoaded documents are the presented slides in the class. The password of files have been given in the class.

1) Part 1 (Piedmont-Playa)       2) Part 2 (Erg-Wind erosion)

Desert Geomorphology-Lab  

Geomorphology-Environment Stu. BSc.     PART 1 (PIEDMONT)                 PART 2 (PLAYA-WIND EROSION)             PART 3 (ERG-SAND DUNES)

-   Model Building in Geomorphology (For Ph.D students)

Models should be seen as a complement to other techniques used to arrive at an understanding, and they also, we believe uniquely, provide an important means of testing our understanding. This understanding is never complete, as we will see in many examples in this course. This statement is meant to be realistic rather than critical. By maintaining a healthy scepticism about our results and continuing to test and re-evaluate them, we strive to achieve a progressively better knowledge of the way the world works. Modelling should be carried out alongside field and laboratory studies and cannot exist without them.

I divided this course into three parts.

Part I: provides an introduction to modelling approaches in general, with a specific focus on issues that commonly arise in dealing with the geomorphology. I have attempted to cover the process of model development from initial concepts, through algorithm development and numerical techniques, to application and testing.

Part II: presents the PDE/ODE models in geomorphology. I have tryed to present differentiation equations in geomorphology and ecogeomorphology.

Part III: provides a collection of erosion/sediments and fluvial geomorphology models. Also deals with a number of current approaches in modelling: approaches that I believe are fundamental to developing strong models in the future.

The main references for this course: Please download the part 1. The password of files have been given in the class.

Model-Part 1

PDE and ODE Models

Landslide Models

Erosion Models

   - Statistical Methods in Geomorphology (For Msc Students)

 The password of files have been given in the class.  

 Statistical Methods- Part 1            Statistical Methods-Part 2 (Probability)


 Coastal Geomorphology and Playa

Part A- Coastal Morphology and landforms

 Remote Sensing (MSc-Climatology)

RS (Basic level)