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I. Controls on River Styles Distributions


Synopsis of Topic

In this exercise you will explore the nature of the catchment, landscape unit, and local controls on the distributions of River Styles and their boundaries.
  • Longitudinal profile derivation
  • Placing River Types onto Long Profile
  • Presentations: Controls on Patterns of River Styles

Why We're Covering It

Being able to map River Styles is one thing, but being able to explain their spatial pattern and arrangement on the basis of controls is a critical skill and essential in contextualizing behavior and natural capacity for adjustment.

Learning Outcomes

This topics helps us with the following learning outcomes for the workshop:
  • Develop an understanding of geomorphic approaches to catchment-scale analysis of river systems as a biophysical platform for coherent and proactive river restoration planning – show how the River Styles framework presents a scaffolded approach to address these issues
  • Through lectures, laboratory exercises, field visits and discussions, develop a working knowledge of Stage 1 of the River Styles framework (river character and behaviour, analysis of catchment-scale river patterns)


Lecture Slides

Profile Materials

Logan River

Blacksmith Fork

Relevant or Cited Literature

  • Brierley, G. and Fryirs, K. 2005. Geomorphology and River Management: Applications of the River Styles Framework. - Blackwell Publishing.
    • See p 271-272 (§ of Chapter 9 of Brierley & Fryirs (2005) for information on how to fill out proformas ahead of time.
    • See p 274-285 (tables 9.7-9.9)of Brierley & Fryirs (2005) for examples of completed proformas
    • See Chapter 4 of Brierley and Fryirs (2005) for techniques to describe river character and nomenclature