Late Cenozoic fluvial dynamics of the upper River Tana, Kenya

By Dr. J.M. Schoorl

In the SGL group, considerable amount of landscape system modelling experience has been gained over the past years. A major problem is lack of suitable data sets which allow calibration and validation of such models at the appropriate temporal and spatial resolution and extent.

We will continue with fieldwork (Embu and Meru Districts) and modelling including radiometric dates. Research Results (long term) are fore seen in scientific papers and project proposals to start new PhD projects.


  • J.M. Schoorl, A. Veldkamp, L. Claessens, W. van Gorp, J.R. Wijbrans. 2014. Edifice growth and collapse of the Pliocene Mt. Kenya: Evidence of large scale debris avalanches on a high altitude glaciated volcano. Global and Planetary Change 123, Part A, pp. 44-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.10.010
  • Veldkamp, A., Schoorl, J.M., Wijbrans, J.R., Claessens, L., 2012. Mount Kenya volcanic activity and the Late Cenozoic landscape reorganisation in the upper Tana fluvial system. Geomorphology 145-146 , pp. 19-31.
  • Veldkamp, A.; Schoorl, J.M.; Wijbrans, J.R.; Claessens, L. (2010). Late Cenozoic dynamics of the upper Tana river in response to the volcanic activity of Mount Kenya. In: Long term River evolution and fluvial dynamics, Abstracts, Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) Biennial Meeting, Vila Velha de Rodao, Castelo Branco, Portugal, 5-10 September 2010. - Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG), Long term River evolution and fluvial dynamics, 2010-09-05/ 2010-09-10

  • A. Veldkamp, E. Buis, J.R. Wijbrans, D.O. Olago, E.H. Boshoven, M. MarĂ©e and R.M. van den Berg van Saparoea, 2007. Late Cenozoic fluvial dynamics of the River Tana, Kenya, an uplift dominated record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26 (22-24), pp. 2897-2912.
  • Veldkamp, A., 1996. Late Cenozoic landform development in East Africa: The role of near base level planation within the dynamic etchplanation concept. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, Supplementband 106, pp. 25-40
  • Veldkamp, A., Oosterom, A.P., 1994. The role of episodic plain formation and continuous etching and stripping processes in the end-Tertiary landform development of SE Kenya. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie 38 (1), pp. 75-90