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Dr.  Achim A. Beylich

Research Scientist,  Professor rank
Head of operations, GFL
Editor-in-Chief, Geomorphology (Elsevier)
Associate Editor, Global and Earth Surface Processes Change (Elsevier)
Topical Editor, Earth System Science Data (ESSD) (Copernicus)
Secretary-General, International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)
Coordinator and Chair, IAG NSM GeoNorth (Nordic Group Member and IAG Network)
Steering Committee Member (Chair 2017-2022), IAG WG DENUCHANGE

Dr. Achim A. Beylich is a geomorphologist with more than 26 years of professional work experience in field- and laboratory based quantitative process geomorphic research in various climatic environments and landscapes in Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Russia, Germany, Austria, Norway and Spain. Since 2004 he has been initiating and leading a number of large international and interdisciplinary research networks and programmes on geomorphologic earth surface processes, denudation, sedimentary source-to-sink fluxes and correlations, sedimentary budgets, and landscape evolution under ongoing or accelerated climate change and increasing anthropogenic impacts and pressures. During his scientific career he has been working and has carried out research and training activities at various research institutes and universities in Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Canada and Norway. Since 1 March 2018 he has been Head of Operations of the Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), with offices in Trondheim-Selbu (Norway) (main office) and Alicante-Calpe (Spain). In this role, he is currently both leading and participating in a number of national and international scientific initiatives and research projects, funded by various sources, and related to the analysis of contemporary earth surface systems and processes, hazardous processes, and landscape evolution under ongoing or accelerated environmental change. In addition, he offers and is running a range of professional consultancy services related to this scientific core expertise. The various field study areas include both undisturbed and anthropogenically modified landscape systems. He is a research scientist with formal Professor rank in geomorphology and with more than 100 scientific publications in journals and books and numerous edited works, including seventeen journal special issues, the SEDIBUD synthesis book on Source-to-Sink Fluxes in Undisturbed Cold Environments (published by Cambridge University Press), and the edited book on Landscapes and Landforms of Norway as part of the IAG-endorsed book series on World Geomorphological Landscapes (published by Springer). He has been acting as mentor, supervisor/co-supervisor for numerous Master students and several PhD-students. Achim A. Beylich is Editor-in-Chief for the scientific journal Geomorphology (Elsevier), Associate Editor for the journal Global and Earth Surface Processes Change (Elsevier), Topical Editor for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD) (Copernicus), Academic Editor for the journal Water (MDPI), and an Editorial Board Member for several international scientific journals. He serves as a frequent peer-reviewer for a number of scientific journals and as a reviewer and invited expert for several national and international funding agencies and expert panels. Since 2004 he has been regularly invited to serve as guest scientist, guest lecturer or visiting professor at various research institutes and universities in different countries. He was the Chair of the IAG Working Group SEDIBUD (Sediment Budgets in Cold Environments, 2005-2017) and he has been the Chair (2017-2022) and a Steering Committee Member (2022-2026) for the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE (Denudation and Environmental Changes in Different Morphoclimatic Zones). He was Chair (09/2019-01/2023) for the IAG National Scientific Member (NSM) Norway (GeoNor, 09/2019-01/2023), and he is the Coordinator and Chair of the IAG Nordic Network of Geomorphology Groups from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland (IAG NSM GeoNorth, Nordic Group Member and IAG Network, 2019 – ). He also serves as Steering Committee Member (Event Manager 2022-2023, Treasurer 2023-2024) of the Geological Society of Norway (NGF) Trondheim. Since September 2022 he is the elected Secretary-General of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG).

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Dr. Katja Laute

Research Scientist, Geomorphologist
Editorial Board Member, Geomorphology (Elsevier)
IAG Elected Executive Committee Member (Officer)





Dr. Katja Laute is a geomorphologist and works as research scientist at the Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL) in Selbustrand, Norway. Since 2023 she serves as an Editorial Board Member for the journals Geomorphology and Geografia Fisica & Dinamica Quaternaria (Physical Geography and Quaternary Dynamics). In addition, she worked as Scientific Managing Editor for the journals Geomorphology and Sedimentary Geology (Elsevier). She studied Physical Geography, Geology and Geobotany in Germany and has received her doctoral degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Geology and Mineral Resources Engineering in Trondheim, Norway, in 2013, focussing on denudational processes and relief development in mountain valleys in western Norway. She worked as post-doc researcher at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) in Brest, France investigating hard rock coastal cliff erosion. Her research interests focus on earth surface processes and landscape development in different environments including denudational hillslope processes, fluvial processes, coastal cliff erosion and sedimentary budgets. During her scientific career she has been working at different universities and research institutes in Germany, Canada, Norway, Spain and France including extended geomorphological field work in diverse environmental settings. She was the Secretary of the Geomorphological Research Group of Norway (IAG GeoNor, 09/2019-01/2023), and she is one of the National Representatives within the Nordic IAG Network of National Geomorphology Groups from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland (IAG GeoNorth) and appointed steering committee member of the IAG Working Group DENUCHANGE. She serves as reviewer for several international geo-scientific journals, has been involved in the organisation of a number of international workshops and summer schools and has been active as a session (co-)convener at the EGU since 2010. Katja has published more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific publications (papers and book chapters) and has co-edited a special issue to the journal Geomorphology (Elsevier). Since September 2020 she has served for two years as a Special Portfolio Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG), and since September 2022 she is an elected member (Officer) of the Executive Committee of the IAG. Another focus of her work is professional nature- and detail photography.

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