|| GG22510 |
|| FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr James Brasington |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Graham Bird |
|| GG10610 ideally, but not essential. |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 Hours. 10 x 2 hours |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours written exam - 2 essays to be answered from a choice of 4.||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours resit exam - identical format to end of semester exam. ||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the connectivity between the various process systems operating within the drainage basin.
2. Illustrate the effectiveness of geomorphological processes, through case study evidence, in shaping the landscape under various environmental conditions.
The aim of this module is to provide a detailed appraisal of the processes operating within the contemporary drainage basin, both in the slope domain and in the channel domain.
This module examines the process regimes operating within the contemporary drainage basin. Initial consideration is given to the slope domain, where mass movement processes and channel initiation processes are important. The remainder of the course focuses upon processes operating within the channel domain. In each lecture, process theory is amplified by case study evidence, and particular attention is paid to the management implications of naturally occurring geomorphic processes. The following lecture topics will be covered during this module.
Principles of geomorphology, activity regimes and thresholds
Channel processes: water and sediment
River bed and bank erosion
Channel planform and rates of change
Throughout the module, themes introduced during the first year Earth Surface Processes module will be amplified: process landform associations, process response, equilibrium and thresholds. Particular emphasis is also paid to the connectivity between the various process systems operating within the drainage basin.
Brookes, A. (1988) Channelised Rivers: Perspectives for environmental management
Downs, P.W. and Gregory, K.J. (2004) River Channel Management
Knighton, D. (1998) Fluvial Forms and Processes
Petts, G. and Foster, I. (1985) Rivers and Landscape
Robert, A. (2003) River Processes
Selby, M.J. (1993) Hillslope Materials and Processes
This module is at CQFW Level 5