The BSG Sand Seas and Dune Fields fixed term working group was established for three years from 2008 until 2010 to co-ordinate the UK input into the digital atlas of sand seas and dune fields being developed by INQUA (http://inquadunesatlas.dri.edu/) and to explore the ways in which data held in the atlas could be used to explore research questions in aeolian geomorphology. The group met ten times and successfully bid to the RGS/IBG for further funding to extend our activities.
Of particular note, this funding supported the international one-day meeting, titled Global Sand Seas: past, present and future for geomorphologists and other scientists interested in sand seas in hot and cold deserts. The meeting was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London in October 2010.
The Research group comprised Professor Ian Livingstone (University of Northampton), Dr Andreas Baas (King’s College London), Dr Mark Bateman (University of Sheffield), Dr Charlie Bristow (Birkbeck College, University of London), Dr Rob Bryant (University of Sheffield), Dr Joanna Bullard (Loughborough University), Professor David Thomas (Oxford University), Dr Kevin White (University of Reading), and Dr Giles Wiggs (Oxford University).
The Working Group has made its digital atlas of the Namib sand sea available online athttp://www.shef.ac.uk/sandsea (link below) and written about how the database was created in the following paper:
Livingstone, I., Bristow, C., Bryant, R. G., Bullard, J., White, K., Wiggs, G. F. S., Baas, A. C. W., Bateman, M. D., and Thomas, D. S. G., (2010) The Namib Sand Sea Digital Database of aeolian dunes and key forcing variables. Aeolian Research Available here
Web site: http://www.shef.ac.uk/sandsea/