The department of Physical Geography (Geosystems), located in the faculty of Natural Resources at the University of Kurdistan, was established in 2006. Having started with two faculty members as assistant professors, the department admitted 45 students for BSc in Physical Geography. Then, following a meeting held on November 1st, 2008, the department of Physical Geography was divided into two independent departments, namely the department of Geomorphology and the department of Meteorology. From that time onwards, the department of Geomorphology has admitted students for BSc in Geomorphology independently. Then, upon admitting students for MSc in Environmental Hazards (Natural Hazards subfield) in 2011, the grounds were paved for the development of the field in higher educational levels.
    According to the Ten-Year Development Plan of the department, it is expected to offer MSc courses in Remote Sensing (Natural Hazards subfield) and Geomorphology in Environmental Planning in 2018. In addition, the PhD courses in Geomorphology are supposed to be offered in 2020. Based on the given program, four new faculty members are anticipated to be recruited by 2022 in Geomorphology, Environmental Hazards, River Geomorphology, and Karst Geomorphology.
Faculty of Natural Resources
The Faculty of Natural Resources focuses on the conservation, protection, rehabilitation, management and enhancement of renewable natural resources
The Laboratory of Geomorphology
The scientific activities conducted in this laboratory are as follows:
  1. Scientific works related to the map reading course such as dealing with topographic maps, planimeters, curvimeters and so forth.
  2. Scientific works related to the cartography course such as using cartography and mapping tools.
  3. Granulometry of soil (soil gradation)
  4. Interpretation of aerial photos by using Screenscopes and Stereoscopes available in the laboratory.
  5. Practical works of ‘Interpreting Topographical and Geological Maps’ course.
  6. Activities related to the technique of drawing geomorphological maps.
  7. Holding practical classes of ‘Laboratory and Field Works in Geomorphology’ course.
  8. Holding practical classes for all MSc courses in Environmental Hazards including: Research Methodology in Environmental Hazards, Environmental Hazards, Hydrologic Hazards and so forth.
 
The theoretical activities conducted in this laboratory are as follows:
A number of the theoretical classes in the department that necessitate tools and equipment will be held in this laboratory, e.g. Basics of Geomorphology, Theoretical Map Reading, Climatic Geomorphology, Research Methodology in Environmental Hazards and Geomorphologic Hazards.
  • Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) Workshop
In this workshop, the following courses will be taught: Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Interpretation of Aerial Photos, Statistics and Probability, Introduction to Computers, Information Technology (IT), Application of GIS in Climatology, Application of RS in Geomorphology, Application of RS in Environmental Hazards, Application of GIS in Climatology, Application of GIS in Geomorphology, Application of GIS in Environmental Hazards. It should be noted that the aforementioned courses are taught in BSc and MSc programs in Meteorology, Geomorphology, Forestry, Environment, Rangeland and Watershed.
  • Cartography and Map Reading Workshop
The cartography workshop has been established to hold practical classes in map reading, cartography, interpretation of aerial photos to name a few. The given workshop provides the students and the faculty members with different types of maps, planimeters, curvimeters, stereoscope and map drawing tools. Aside from the practical courses of the department, the courses in the other fields in the faculty associated with maps in one way or another, will be taught and held in this workshop.
 
  • Other Workshops and Laboratories in the Faculty
In order to conduct some specific tests, the department of Geomorphology in the faculty of Natural Resources has access to a range of laboratories in the other departments, namely Forestry, Environmental Sciences and Meteorology. In addition, the postgraduate students of the department have access to the GIS workshop (research and postgraduate studies) to carry out their researches.
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