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During the past 50 years, geomorphology has become progressively more quantitative, with increasing emphasis on nondimensional metrics that facilitate comparison across field sites, on quantitative conceptual models, on quantification and rigorous dating of geomorphic history, and on exploration of how to quantify physical processes responsible for producing and redistributing sediment. These shifts in emphasis have been facilitated by development of new techniques for collecting and analyzing data, including advances in remote-sensing technology and geochronologic and isotopic methods. During the past half century, the geomorphic community has become more diverse with respect to gender, geographic representation, and disciplinary background, and this has facilitated interdisciplinary approaches to understanding planetary surfaces.

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