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GEOG6009 River Basin Management and Restoration

Module Overview

This module will investigate how human induced catchment and channel modifications have impacted on the rates and magnitudes of environmental processes within the river network with particular emphasis on the flux of sediment. 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. Specific topics to be included are: Definition of catchment sediment systems, processes of channel adjustment, Geomorphology and physical habitat, the impacts of catchment land use change on river channel processes, river channel modification, river restoration, applied fluvial geomorphology

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop a holistic approach to river basin and channel management based on an understanding of physical processes and modifications.

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.

Syllabus

Specific topics to be included are: Definition of catchment sediment systems, processes of channel adjustment, Geomorphology and physical habitat, 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

Teaching and learning methods include; lectures, seminars, field learning videos and Helpdesk

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%
Essay 40%
Project 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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