Physical Geography in Environmental Science

2019 AAG Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 3-7, 2019

Deepwater Horizon beach cleanup (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

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The Theme intends to bring together environmental geographers, earth and environmental scientists, scholars, educators, and policy makers from diverse sectors to present and consider how AAG and Physical Geography contribute to Environmental Science, Security, Health, Resilience, and Sustainability.  This theme encourages sharing ideas, technologies, case studies, innovations, and networking for problem solving at spatial scales ranging from local to global relating to one or more areas of environmental science. This theme is intended to highlight Geography’s participation, contributions, and impacts in Environmental Science and Policy, in the national and international spotlight of Washington DC.

We encourage broad participation from all geographers, other environmental, GIScience, social, communications, and humanities researchers, policy makers, and stakeholders concerned with the intersection of geography and the environment at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 3-7, 2019.

Papers on all aspects of Physical Geography as Environmental Science are welcome. New abstracts and Sessions may select this theme upon submission. Posters welcome! If you have already submitted an abstract or session and would like to be considered to join this theme, please feel free to contact us via and share your name, submitted session or abstract title, and AAG abstract PIN.

Burning debris and scattered garbage (plastic), polluting the environment. (Jaskaran Singh)Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Climate Change
  • Water and Air Quality
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Wetlands
  • Coastal Zones and Ocean Science
  • Environmental GIScience
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Conservation
  • Natural Resources Policy
  • Geoparks and Geoheritage
  • Natural Hazards
  • Human and Environment Complexity
  • The Critical Zone
  • Critical Physical Geography
  • Environmental Security
  • Environmental Health
  • Paleoecology
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Soils
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Geomorphology
  • The Anthropocene
  • Human Impacts on the Environment
  • Human Dimensions of Global and Environmental Change
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human-Wildlands Interface
  • Fire Ecology
  • The Field Research Tradition
  • Innovations in Environmental Laboratory Techniques
  • Transboundary Environmental Issues and Management

For more information, please contact members of the Theme organizing committee at

Organizing Committee:

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Co-Chair

Timothy Beach, University of Texas at Austin, Co-Chair

George Malanson, University of Iowa, Co-Chair

Deborah Thomas, University of North Carolina Charlotte Co-Chair