Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscapeby Kirstie A. Fryirs, Gary J. Brierley
‘Reading the landscape’ entails making sense of what a riverscape looks like, how it works, how it has evolved over time, and how alterations to one part of a catchment may have secondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. Such analyses interpret how component parts of a landscape fit together, and how they are likely to adjust/i>
‘Reading the landscape’ entails making sense of what a riverscape looks like, how it works, how it has evolved over time, and how alterations to one part of a catchment may have secondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. Such analyses interpret how component parts of a landscape fit together, and how they are likely to adjust into the future. Implicitly, such understandings frame rivers in their landscape context. Rather than presenting a how-to guide, this book outlines an approach to reading the landscape that is framed around the geomorphic analysis of river systems.
The first part of this book presents foundational understandings and general principles with which to interpret river character, behaviour and evolution in any given system. This part of the book presents an array of geomorphic principles, ideas and tools which underpins the approach to reading the landscape that is presented in the second half of the book. Detective-style, field-based investigations and understandings are tied to theoretical and conceptual principles to generate catchment-specific analyses of river character, behaviour and evolution, including responses to human disturbance. The approach to reading the landscape provides a way to interpret rivers across the range of environmental settings.
This book has been constructed as an introductory text on river landscapes, providing a bridge to more advanced principles outlined in other textbooks and scientific literature. The target audience is second and third year undergraduate students in geomorphology, hydrology, earth science and environmental science, as well as river practitioners who use geomorphic understandings in scientific and/or management applications.
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Meet the Author
Kirstie Fryirs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has worked extensively on river systems in Australia. Her research focuses on geomorphic river evolution, post-European disturbance responses, sediment budgets and connectivity, and geoecology. Her research is used extensively in river management practice.
Gary Brierley is Chair of Physical Geography in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Building upon his geomorphic research on river systems in western Canada, Australia and New Zealand, his recent work has been undertaken in western China and parts of South America. His research interests also include concerns for environmental justice, transitional practices in river science and management, and emerging approaches to environmental governance.
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