The book comprises a selection of thirteen out of some 80 papers presented at the Fourth International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR 4) held in Oxford in 1998. Others of the 80 have been published elsewhere. Many of the papers presented at the conference were keynote reviews by world authorities on their specialities; it is these that form the bulk of this volume.

The first paper, a short ‘History of Desert Dune Studies over the last 100 years’, by Goudie, introduces the book and puts the succeeding research papers into perspective. Nickling & Neuman then bring us up to date...

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