Rivers show a remarkable diversity of character and behaviour in any catchment. Human activities have impacted profoundly on the inherent variability in patterns and rates of river adjustment, altering what rivers look like, how they behave, and the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. This book outlines geomorphic considerations for river management and a generic set of procedures, termed the River Styles framework, which provides a set of tools for interpreting river character, behaviour, condition, and recovery potential. River management programs that 'work with nature' must respect the inherent diversity and behavioural regime of aquatic ecosystems. Each catchment should be managed in its own right, recognizing the patterns and connectivity of river forms and processes, as shaped by the configuration of the system and responses to disturbance events.Applications of the River Styles framework generate a coherent package of geomorphic information that provides a physical template for river rehabilitation activities. This book is essential reading for a wide range of river practitioners, including students, technical officers, consultants, and academics.
Gary Brierley has worked on river systems in various parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, North America, and Australasia. He completed undergraduate work in the UK, postgraduate work in Canada, and postdoctoral work in Australia. Kirstie Fryirs has worked on various river systems in Australia. Her PhD developed a framework for assessing geomorphic river condition and recovery potential. Gary and Kirstie are codevelopers of the River Styles framework and the River Styles short course.
Preface.Acknowledgments.Chapter 1 Introduction.Part I: The Geoecological Basis for River Management.Chapter 2 Spatial considerations in aquatic ecosystem management.Chapter 3 Temporal considerations in aquatic ecosystems management.Part II: Geomorphic Considerations for River Management.Chapter 4 River character.Chapter 5 River behavior.Chapter 6 River change.Chapter 7 Geomorphic responses of rivers to human disturbance.Part III: The River Styles Framework.Chapter 8 Overview of the river styles framework and practical considerations for its application.Chapter 9 Stage one of the river styles framework: catchment-wide baseline survey of river character and behavior.Chapter 10 Stage two of the river styles framework: catchment-framed assessment of river evolution and geomorphic condition.Chapter 11 Stage three of the river styles framework: prediction of likely future river condition based on analysis of recovery potential.Chapter 12 Stage four of the rivers styles framework: implications for river management.Chapter 13 Putting geomorphic principles into practice.References.Index