Surficial geological tools in fluvial geomorphology: Chapter 2

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Abstract

Increasingly, environmental scientists are being asked to develop an understanding of how rivers and streams have been altered by environmental stresses, whether rivers are subject to physical or chemical hazards, how they can be restored, and how they will respond to future environmental change. These questions present substantive challenges to the discipline of fluvial geomorphology, especially since decades of geomorphologic research have demonstrated the general complexity of fluvial systems. It follows from the concept of complex response that synoptic and short-term historical views of rivers will often give misleading understanding of future behavior. Nevertheless, broadly trained geomorphologists can address questions involving complex natural systems by drawing from a tool box that commonly includes the principles and methods of geology, hydrology, hydraulics, engineering, and ecology.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Surficial geological tools in fluvial geomorphology: Chapter 2
DOI 10.1002/9781118648551.ch2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description 34 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Tools in fluvial geomorphology
First page 24
Last page 57
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N