Tectonic Geomorphology


Course Objective

After having attended this course, the student should have gained
knowledge and understanding about
- The interplay of (physical) mechanisms responsible for landscape
- The relative importance and the mutual interaction between these
- The methods to put constraints on these processes from geological
data, and the strength and limitations of these methods
as well as the skills to
- Read and critically assess significant literature about these subjects
- Actively participate in (oral) discussions about these subjects
- Judge research methods applied on this subject critically on their
merits and weak points
- Compare and/or combine the results of different studies.

This implies that the course is not mainly focused on acquiring new
knowledge, but especially on using, integrating and reflecting on the
things you may have learned before.

Course Content

This course deals with the parameters regulating the production,
transfer and storage of sediments and solutes from their sources to
their sinks, addressing short-term and long-term landscape evolution and
sustainability. It covers the linked processes of tectonics, weathering,
erosional systems (fluvial, glacial, marine) and climate changes,
including ‘real-world’ examples on the SE Netherlands, the Ardennes,
and western Scandinavia, as well as the methods to constrain
these processes (e.g. provenance studies and thermochronology).
Lecturers from a variety of disciplines will teach the student how to
view these topics from various backgrounds.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises, literature study. A selected set of papers will be
used for a 'PhD- defense'-role play. In addition, numerical modelling of
topography development will be carried out by the students.
Contact-hours: 45 (including the Exam)

Method of Assessment

Exam (45%), essay (20%), computer-practicum report (10%) PhD-

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Earth Sciences or Earth & Economics


• Book (recommended):
Tectonic Geomorphology, D.W. Burbank and R.S. Anderson, 2nd edition,
2011. John Wiley & Sons, 320 pp.

Additional papers, which will be made available via Canvas

Target Audience

Masterstudents Earth Sciences Geology & Geochemistry, Masterstudents
Earth & Climate,

General Information

Course Code AM_450146
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. M. ter Voorde
Examiner dr. M. ter Voorde
Teaching Staff dr. M. ter Voorde

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab
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