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Fundamentals of Fluvial Geomorphology - Ro Charlton

Fundamentals of Fluvial Geomorphology

Paperback Published: 12th November 2007
ISBN: 9780415334549
Number Of Pages: 256

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Rivers are significant geomorphological agents, they show an amazing diversity of form and behaviour and transfer water and sediment from the land surface to the oceans. This book examines how river systems respond to environmental change and why this understanding is needed for successful river management. Highly dynamic in nature, river channels adjust and evolve over timescales that range from hours to tens of thousands of years or more, and are found in a wide range of environments.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments in river channel management, clearly illustrating why an understanding of fluvial geomorphology is vital in channel preservation, environmentally sensitive design and the restoration of degraded river channels.

It covers:

  • flow and sediment regimes: flow generation; flow regimes; sediment sources, transfer and yield
  • channel processes: flow characteristics; processes of erosion and sediment transport; interactions between flow and the channel boundary; deposition
  • channel form and behaviour: controls on channel form; channel adjustments; floodplain development; form and behaviour of alluvial and bedrock channels
  • response to change: how channels have responded to past environmental change; impacts of human activity; reconstructing past changes
  • river management: the fluvial hydrosystem; environmental degradation; environmentally sensitive engineering techniques; river restoration; the role of the fluvial geomorphologist.


Fundamentals of Fluvial Geomorphology is an indispensable text for undergraduate students. It provides straightforward explanations for important concepts and mathematical formulae, backed up with conceptual diagrams and appropriate examples from around the world to show what they actually mean and why they are important. A colour plate section also shows spectacular examples of fluvial diversity.

"This handsome, concise volume sets forth to provide and introduction to fluvial geomorphology at a mid-undergraduate level, and it does so nicely." -- I.S. Sasowsky, Choice

It is easy to read and provides a good basic understanding of the key concepts, providing an accessible introduction to fluvial geomorphology. Neil Macdonald, Area

Introduction
The Fluvial System
The Flow Regime
Sediment Sources
Large-scale Sediment Transfer
Flow in Channels
Processes of Erosion, Transport and Deposition
Channel Form and Behaviour
System Response to Change
Managing River Channels
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ISBN: 9780415334549
ISBN-10: 0415334543
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 12th November 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1