Geoheritage is the human side of geosciences, where natural features are valued in relation to their societal, cultural and economic context. Geoheritage provides a way to appreciate and manage our environment, as well as being a window into geosciences for the broader public. Our fundamental geoscience is incomplete and meaningless unless it is contextualised, and geoheritage is an essential way to do this. Geoheritage is multidisciplinary, drawing from all sides of geosciences and extending them into social sciences, territorial and risk management, and economics. Geoheritage's basic building block is the geosite, a geographically defined distinct feature, and also includes collections, and buildings with natural stone. All geoheritage is underpinned by geodiversity, the fundamental study of topographic, lithological and geomorphological variability (covered in a linked EGU session, Visages of Geodiversity).
This session calls for a continuation of the rich multidisciplinary sessions in previous EGU meetings, where diverse actors in geoheritage have exchanged with the whole geosciences community on subjects ranging from: 1) the integration of geoscience research into geoheritage (how can you make your research have an impact?; 2) using geoheritage for responsible resource management; 3) geosite description, assessment and protection, including legislative aspects at all scales; 4) territorial management and urban geoheritage; 5) geoheritage and resilience to natural hazards; 6) geoheritage and degradation risk assessment; 7) case studies in geoheritage, including geotourism; 8) remote and geophysical geosciences as intangible geoheritage.
The session is planned to be be held with on-line presentations, with a physical poster session, and an open multidisciplinary splinter meeting, to meet and discuss. Geodiversity and geoheritage visages will combine in this to engage with a large public.
The session is supported by the IAG Working Group on Geomorphosites, the IUGS Commission for Geoheritage, the International Lithosphere Program, and UNESCO IGCP project 692 Geoheritage for Resilience.
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