This volume presents a series of papers on the geomorphology, sedimentology and dynamics of alluvial fans, selected from those presented at the 'Alluvial Fans' Conference held in Sorbas, SE Spain in June 2003. The conference was sponsored primarily by the British Geomorphological Research Group and the British Sedimentological Research Group, both organizations affiliated to the Geological Society of London.
It is some time since an international conference has been held that was exclusively devoted to the geomorphology and sedimentology of alluvial fans. The previous such conference was that organized by Terry Blair and John McPherson in 1995, and held in Death Valley, a classic setting for alluvial fans (Denny 1965; Blair & McPherson 1994 a). Although many of the papers presented there have since been published, no dedicated volume on alluvial fans as a whole resulted from that meeting, so even longer has elapsed since there has been a specific publication devoted wholly to a series of papers on the geomorphology and sedimentology of alluvial fans (Rachocki & Church 1990).
South-east Spain was chosen as the venue for this conference, partly for logistic reasons and partly because it is a tectonically active dry region within which there is a wide range of Quaternary alluvial fans. These fans exhibit differing relationships between tectonic, climatic