Physical geography contributes, retrospect and prospect

Type: Panel
Theme: Physical Geography in Environmental Science
Sponsor Groups: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Marshall East, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: George Malanson
Chairs: George Malanson


Physical geography can make a difference. The current and four past AAG presidents will reflect on how physical geography has affected individuals and society and will identify where it can contribute in the future. The panel will assess both direct and indirect effects, important impacts for the discipline and personal projects, and differences made at local to global scale.

Physical geography often seems concerned with the details within and among its component fields of biogeography, climatology, geomorphology, and hydrology, but as argued in The Composite Nature of Physical Geography (Progress in Physical Geography 38: 3-18, 2014) these potentially disparate concerns are held together in Geography by their connections to human concerns. Organized by editors for Progress in Physical Geography, the panel directly addresses the aims of the AAG Third Special Theme, Physical Geography in Environmental Science, in focusing on “participation, contributions, and impact.” The panel will form the basis for a statement by the panelists on impactful physical geography, past and future.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Carol Harden University of Tennessee 20
Panelist Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach University of Texas-Austin 20
Panelist Glen MacDonald University of California - Los Angeles 20
Panelist Richard Marston Kansas State University 20
Panelist Julie Winkler Michigan State University 20

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