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Subject Guide for Physical Geography

Physical geography integrates and inter-relates landforms, water, soils, climate, and vegetation as the major natural elements of the environment. The focus of physical geography is on the zone of the land, ocean, and atmosphere containing most of the world's organic life. Physical geography not only describes natural phenomena near the surface of the earth but, more importantly, seeks explanations of how and why the physical and biological processes act as they do. Physical geography includes processes studied in other physical and natural sciences such as meteorology, geology, biology, and soil science, however, physical geography is more than a mere composite of these other sciences. It takes a uniquely comprehensive approach to the processes of the natural environment, often with an emphasis on human modifications to the environment. (Quoted from the Geography Department Website)



  • Databases and Journals
  • Reference Books
  • Websites
  • Course-Related Resources


GeoRef - The premier database for all facets of geography. Start here.

Web of Science - A broad-ranging database that covers sciences and soical sciences, including many major journals in human geography.


DOAJ - Although this goes beyond the sciences, many foreign geographical journals are listed hereIt is also free and open to all.


Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts - This database covers literature on meteorology, climatology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, astrophysics, hydrology, glaciology, physical oceanography and environmental sciences.


Biological Abstracts - The life sciences, with disciplines from botany to microbiology to pharmacology.

Journals By Sub-Discipline: If there is no online access, simply search the title in the library catalog.



Earth Surfaces Processes and Landforms

Journal of Geophysical Research



Journal of Hydrology

Hydrological Processes

Water Resources Research




Theoretical and Applied Climatology


Glaciology, Artic and Alpine Research

Glacial Geology and Geomorphology

Mountain Research and Development

Artic and Alpine Research


Forest Ecology

Forest Ecology and Management


Open Forest Science Journal

American Association of Geographers


National Geographic Association


National Council for Geographic Education


Geographical Association


Royal Geographical Society



Physical Geography Course Websites:

Geography Class Guides:
GEOG 1982: World Regional Geography Class Guide  
This is the guide for the Geography 1982, World Regional Geography, UN debate assignment.

GEOG 3682: Geographies of International Development class handout  
This is the class web site for GEOG 3682: Geographies of International Development

GEOG 4173: Research Seminar  
This is a course guide for GEOG 4173, Research Seminar in geology.

GEOG 4742: Global Cities  
This is a course guide to library resources for the class Geography 4742: Global Cities.

GEOG 4892: Geography of Europe Guide  
This is collection of resources for the GEOG4892, Geography of Europe class.



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