p. 857. Landscapes of the future
- Andrew Goudie
- and Heather Viles
‘Landscapes of the future’ looks at how geomorphology weighs up factors such as climate change, tectonic activity, and future human impacts, when assessing the future of landscapes. What are ‘feedbacks#x2019; within the field of geomorphology, and how do positive and negative feedbacks alter predictions about the shape of future landscapes? Some landscapes are particularly prone to change due to climate change, notably melting permafrost at the poles. This melt causes water levels to rise at low-lying coastal areas, home to around 1.2 billion people. There is consequent danger to livelihoods, homes, and life itself. These coastlines are geomorphically sensitive, as are the poles. Where are the world's other geomorphic hotspots?