To develop an holistic approach to river basin management and restoration based on an understanding of physical processes and human modification of natural river systems.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand the relationships between physical and human processes in shaping fluvial environments and landscapes
- Understand the value and need for multidisciplinary approaches in advancing knowledge
- Be aware of the role of evidence based research
- Understand ways in which geographical data of various types can be combined, interpreted and modelled
- Structure conceptual and empirical geographical science material into a reasoned argument
- Use appropriate techniques including computer software to produce clear diagrams and maps
- Analyse critically, literature from physical geography
- Produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics
- Marshall and retrieve data from library and internet sources
- Apply geographical knowledge to contribute to the sustainable management of fluvial environments
- Plan and execute an exacting piece of research in physical geography and produce a report to a high standard
- Understand the nature of the discipline as dynamic, plural and contested
- Learn and study, communicate in writing, handle information
This module is based on a professional training course for people working in River management and restoration. The course investigates how humans have modified River basins and river channels, and how these in turn have affected the rates and magnitudes of environmental processes within the river network with particular emphasis on the fluxes of water and sediments. Specifically, the module will focus on the contrast between natural and modified channel functioning through the use of research case studies and explore how the management of these complex environments is supported by scientific knowledge. The final component of the module looks at how we can use knowledge of natural processes to help restore damaged river systems.
Specific topics to be included are: Definition of catchment sediment systems, processes of channel adjustment, Geomorphology and physical habitat, ecosystem engineers, the impacts of catchment land use change on river channel processes, river channel modification, river restoration, applied fluvial geomorphology.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Field trip and lecture classes
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External