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Geomorphology of Proglacial Systems

Landform and Sediment Dynamics in Recently Deglaciated Alpine Landscapes

  • Tobias Heckmann
  • David Morche
  • Presents case studies of alpine proglacial systems

  • Up-to-date overview of the research in alpine environments

  • Serves as an interesting reference book to geomorphologists, geologists, glaciologists and geodesists


Part of the Geography of the Physical Environment book series (GEOPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tobias Heckmann, David Morche, Michael Becht
    Pages 1-19
  3. Proglacial Areas, Glaciers and Ground Ice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Frank Paul, Tobias Bolch
      Pages 23-42
    3. Jonathan Carrivick, Tobias Heckmann, Mauro Fischer, Bethan Davies
      Pages 43-57
    4. Elisabeth Mayr, Wilfried Hagg
      Pages 59-71
    5. Isabelle Gärtner-Roer, Alexander Bast
      Pages 85-98
    6. Jana-Marie Dusik, Matthias Leopold, Florian Haas
      Pages 99-116
  4. Hillslope Processes in the Proglacial Zone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Samuel T. McColl, Daniel Draebing
      Pages 119-141
    3. Lucas Vehling, Joachim Rohn, Michael Moser
      Pages 143-156
    4. Philip R. Porter, Martin J. Smart, Tristram D. L. Irvine-Fynn
      Pages 157-176
    5. Jana-Marie Dusik, Fabian Neugirg, Florian Haas
      Pages 177-196
  5. Proglacial Rivers and Lakes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Luca Mao, Francesco Comiti, Ricardo Carrillo, Daniele Penna
      Pages 199-217
    3. David Morche, Henning Baewert, Anne Schuchardt, Matthias Faust, Martin Weber, Taimur Khan
      Pages 219-229
    4. Jan-Christoph Otto
      Pages 231-247
  6. Proglacial Sediment Cascades and Budgets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Ludwig Hilger, Achim A. Beylich
      Pages 251-269

About this book


This book discusses the recession of alpine glaciers since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA), which has been accelerating in the past decades. It provides an overview of the research in the field, presenting definitions and information about the different proglacial areas and systems.  A number of case studies are from the PROSA project group which encompasses the expertise of geomorphologists, geologists, glaciologists and geodesists. The PROSA joint project (High-resolution measurements of morphodynamics in rapidly changing PROglacial Systems of the Alps) is determined to tackle the problems of geomorphic activity on sediment export through a quantification of sediment fluxes effected by the aforementioned geomorphic processes within the forefield of the Gepatschferner glacier (Central Alps, Austria).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tobias Heckmann
    • 1
  • David Morche
    • 2
  1. 1.Physical GeographyCatholic University of Eichstätt-IngolstadtEichstättGermany
  2. 2.Environmental Authority of Saalekreis DistrictMerseburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Geomorphology of Proglacial Systems
  • Book Subtitle Landform and Sediment Dynamics in Recently Deglaciated Alpine Landscapes
  • Editors Tobias Heckmann
    David Morche
  • Series Title Geography of the Physical Environment
  • Series Abbreviated Title Geography of the Physical Environment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-94182-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-94184-4
  • Series ISSN 2366-8865
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-8873
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 361
  • Number of Illustrations 40 b/w illustrations, 83 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geomorphology
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“Geomorphology of Proglacial Systems represents a significant contribution to a developing area of geomorphology. The book provides a useful state-of-the-art survey of the geomorphological processes and dynamics of glacier forelands … . It should be of considerable interest not only to geomorphologists but also to a wide range of natural environmental scientists seeking to understand processes in the landscape and/or reconstructing environmental change in cold climates, including readers of The Holocene.” (John A Matthews, The Holocene, Vol. 29 (7), 2019)