1-Day Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology

1-Day Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology

Who should attend this workshop: Anyone who is interested in geomorphology or uses geomorphology in the workplace.

Duration: 1 day, 8:30am-5:00pm

Location: Office or hall-based in any location.

Prerequisite: None

Cost to host: Upon request

Course numbers: A minimum of 30 and a maximum of 60 participants is required for the workshop to run.


Aims of the workshop


The intent of this workshop is NOT to provide basic training in fluvial geomorphology. Rather, through lecture presentations, discussions and practical exercises we cover a range of introductory principles and analyses of river systems. We focus on geomorphology (physical structure and behaviour of rivers), not hydrology or ecology.

Primary aims of the workshop are to:

Develop a working knowledge of several key principles in fluvial geomorphology

Provide insight into the character and behaviour of rivers in Australia

Demonstrate how fluvial geomorphology can be used in river management practice




Workshop structure


  • Introduction: People in the room. What is geomorphology? Geomorphology as a physical template. An approach to ‘Reading the landscape’.
  • Presentation 1: Catchment-scale perspectives in fluvial geomorphology.
  • Practical exercise 1: Catchment-scale morphometrics and their effects on hydrology and geomorphology


  • Presentation 2: Channel geometry (bed and bank processes) and instream geomorphic units.
  • Presentation 3: Floodplain forms and processes (including comment on floodplain reworking; flood risk).
  • Presentation 4: The diversity of rivers in Australia and overseas.
  • Practical exercise 2: The character and behaviour of different river types.


  • Presentation 5: River evolution (change):patterns, connectivity and geomorphic responses to human disturbance.
  • Discussion session: River evolution and human disturbance – predicting likely future adjustments for your local catchments.
  • Presentation 6: Sediment flux relationships in river system


  • Presentation 7: River management and prioritisation: River Futures.
  • Discussion session: River management in your local catchments.
  • Closing remarks.


Further information


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