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Geomorphology and River Management

Rivers show a remarkable diversity of character and behavior in any catchment. Human activities have impacted profoundly on the inherent variability in patterns and rates of river adjustment, altering what rivers look like, how they behave, and the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. This book outlines geomorphic considerations for river management and a generic set of procedures, termed the River Styles framework, which provides a set of tools for interpreting river character, behavior, condition, and recovery potential. River management programs that "work with nature" must respect the inherent diversity and behavioral regime of aquatic ecosystems. Each catchment should be managed in its own right, recognizing the patterns and connectivity of river forms and processes, as shaped by the configuration of the system and responses to disturbance events. Applications of the River Styles framework generate a coherent package of geomorphic information that provides a physical template for river rehabilitation activities. This book is essential reading for a wide range of river practitioners, including students, technical officers, consultants, and academics.
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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Chapter 1 Introduction. Part I: The Geoecological Basis for River Management. Chapter 2 Spatial considerations in aquatic ecosystem management. Chapter 3 Temporal considerations in aquatic ecosystems management. Part II: Geomorphic Considerations for River Management. Chapter 4 River character. Chapter 5 River behavior. Chapter 6 River change. Chapter 7 Geomorphic responses of rivers to human disturbance. Part III: The River Styles Framework. Chapter 8 Overview of the river styles framework and practical considerations for its application. Chapter 9 Stage one of the river styles framework: catchment-wide baseline survey of river character and behavior. Chapter 10 Stage two of the river styles framework: catchment-framed assessment of river evolution and geomorphic condition. Chapter 11 Stage three of the river styles framework: prediction of likely future river condition based on analysis of recovery potential. Chapter 12 Stage four of the rivers styles framework: implications for river management. Chapter 13 Putting geomorphic principles into practice. References. Index

About the Author

Gary Brierley has worked on river systems in various parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, North America, and Australasia. He completed undergraduate work in the UK, postgraduate work in Canada, and postdoctoral work in Australia. Kirstie Fryirs has worked on various river systems in Australia. Her PhD developed a framework for assessing geomorphic river condition and recovery potential. Gary and Kirstie are codevelopers of the River Styles framework and the River Styles short course.


"Clearly the audience for this book are students taking a course in river management; they will find everything they need in it. The book is up-to-date, clearly written and the quality (photographs, figures and layout) is good." Journal of Sedimentary Research, August 2005 "The text, which has a very clear structure and layout, is well written and has excellent illustrations throughout...a timely contribution to the literature and should be essential reading for all those with an interest in the science and practice of river management and river restoration." Progress in Physical Geography

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