Module Identifier GG30420  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Mark Macklin  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite GG22510  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours 5 x 1 hour  
  Practicals / Field Days   1 local field day.  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Written examination.   50%  
  Essay   2500 word assessed essay.   30%  
  Presentation   10 minute seminar presentation.   10%  
  Course work   500 word seminar report.   10%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmission of failed CA component. Resit failed examination.    

Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
Drainage basin & river response to the last glacial-interglacial transition (18,000-10,000 BP):
Pleistocene context & inheritance in catchment dynamics

River Environments & Holocene environmental change (10,000-300 BP)

River environments & recent environmental change (300 BP to present)

Module Aims
This module is designed for students to develop a conceptual, factual and practical knowledge of channel, floodplain and catchment response to environmental change over the last 20,000 years resulting from natural and anthropogenic perturbations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Assess the relative importance of natural and anthropogenic factors responsible for catchment disturbance and river instability in both the Developed and Developing World.

2. Evaluate and forecast the likely impact of changes in climate, land-use, pollution and engineering on rivers and catchment systems.

Reading Lists
Macklin, M.G.. (1996) 'Fluxes and storage of sediment-associated heavy metals in floodplain systems: assessment and river basin management issues at a time of rapid environmental change'. Pages 441-460 in: *, Edited by M.G. Anderson, D.E. Walling & P. D. Bates.. Chichester & John Wiley & Sons
Macklin, M. G. & Lewin, J.. (1997) 'Channel, floodplain and drainage basin response to environmental change'. Pages 14-45 in: Applied Fluvial Geomorphology for River Engineering and Management, Edited by C.R. Thorne, R.D. Hey & M.D.Newson. Chichester & John Wiley & Sons