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GEOG3023 River Basin Management and Restoration

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

To introduce students to the application of fluvial geomorphological science and methods within the context of river basin and channel management.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationships between physical and human processes in shaping fluvial environments and landscapes
  • Produce fluent and comprehensive written reports on complex topics
  • Marshall and retrieve data from library and internet sources
  • Be aware of the role of evidence based research
  • Learn and study, communicate in writing, handle information
  • Apply geographical knowledge to contribute to the sustainable management of fluvial environments
  • Understand the value and need for multidisciplinary approaches in advancing knowledge
  • Understand the nature of the discipline as dynamic, plural and contested
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical science material into a reasoned argument
  • Analyse critically, literature from physical geography
  • Plan and execute an exacting piece of research in physical geography and produce a report to a high standard
  • Use appropriate techniques including computer software to produce clear diagrams and maps
  • Understand ways in which geographical data of various types can be combined, interpreted and modelled


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

Independent Study120
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 40%
Project 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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