There is an objective need for state of the art assessments of the knowledge built up in the field of Morphodynamics because in the last decades the research in this field has been intense and the progress has been significant. We feel that the tool 'series of e-monographs' is to be preferred to the tool 'single comprehensive book' for different reasons. Firstly, a series of e-monographs allows to analyze in depth a wide range of subjects in the general field of Morphodynamics. Secondly, e-monographs may be easily updated, i.e. they allow for a dynamic assessment of the available knowledge. Thirdly, they may be associated with a sort of 'scientific blog' allowing for an interaction between Authors and readers, a feature that may also lead to a dialogue between different schools of thought in a productive and instructive fashion. Finally, e-monographs may be made available free or at a very low price even if they contain a large number of color photos or pictures, that are essential in the present context. This point is important since the cost of books if often prohibitive both for research students, who are supposed to be their main users and even for libraries.

The monographs will be aimed at stimulating an interaction and a cross-fertilization among geomorphologists, engineers, physicists and applied mathematicians. It is fair to note that this interaction is not at all easy, for a variety of reasons. First of all, the viewpoint of geomorphology is often holistic: it is the functioning of the system as a whole that is the major concern of geomorphologists. On the other hand, the approach of engineers and applied mathematicians tends to be reductionist: understanding the system is a goal pursued through the analysis of its various components, with the help of physical and mathematical models. Hence, a problem of language arises unavoidably as the language of mathematics is not necessarily equally accessible to different audiences and may discourage their dialogue. This notwithstanding the dialogue must be pursued and tools must be constructed to make it increasingly feasible. The present series of monographs is an attempt in this direction.

Responsabili Collana:Prof. Paolo Blondeaux, Prof. Marco Colombini, Prof. Giovanni Seminara e Prof. Giovanna Vittori

Comitato Scientifico:
  • Maurizio Brocchini (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
  • Enrico Foti (Università di Catania, Italy)
  • Marcelo Garcia (University of Illinois, U.S.A.)
  • Stefano Lanzoni (Università di Padova, Italy)
  • Miguel Losada (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Chris Paola (University of Minnesota, U.S.A.)
  • Gary Parker (University of Illinois, U.S.A.)
  • Jan Ribberink (University of Twente, The Netherland)
  • Luca Ridolfi (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
  • Andrea Rinaldo (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanna, Switzerland)
  • Yasuyuki Shimizu (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Marco Tubino (Università di Trento, Italy)