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Applications and Extensions of the River Styles Framework


Numerous extensions and applications of the River Styles® framework work have been developed, emphasising links to habitat availability, river health, aquatic ecosystem structure and function and water management. A biophysical basis with which to assess uniqueness, naturalness and geodiversity is provided. From this, priorities for river conservation and rehabilitation programs can be determined. Within- and between-catchment comparisons provide a basis for regional-level determination of priorities, strategies and techniques for river management. Reference reaches can be defined across the range of River Styles®, providing a biophysical basis for benchmarking and biomonitoring programs.


Applications of the River Styles framework in river management – Australia and New Zealand

The River Styles® framework has been applied across New South Wales and in many other states of Australia. Many of these are listed on the Publications page. The River Styles® framework has also been applied in the USA, Europe, China and New Zealand.

Applications of the River Styles framework as part of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) can be found here.

River Styles® now form a basis for river rehabilitation, water flow planning and ecological surveys being undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries (Office of Water) and NSW Local Land Services. It is also written into numerous catchment action plans and blueprints. Uptake of the framework by these agencies has resulted in near-state wide River Styles® coverage. This has set the benchmark for other states, in particular Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania who are now implementing similar strategies. Several publications outlining how the River Styles framework can be used in river management can be found below.

For further information on New South Wales Applications, click here.

Brierley, G.J., Fryirs, K., Outhet, D., and Massey, C.2002. Application of the River Styles framework as a basis for river management in New South Wales, Australia. Applied Geography. 22, 91-122.
Brierley, G.J., Fryirs, K., Cook, N. and Outhet, D., Raine, A., Parsons, L. and Healey M. 2011. Geomorphology in Action: Linking policy with on-the-ground actions through applications of the River Styles framework. Applied Geography, 31, 1132-1143.

Extensions of the River Styles framework: Geoecological condition and aquatic habitat assessment

The River Styles® framework has been used as a basis for assessing geoecological condition and habitat availability along rivers. A framework that examines hydraulic units has been developed and applied. See our publications list to download or finding the following manuscripts on this work.

Brierley, G.J., Cohen, T., Fryirs, K. and Brooks, A.1999. Post-European changes to the fluvial geomorphology of Bega Catchment, Australia: Implications for river ecology. Freshwater Biology, 41, 839-848.
Chessman, B.C., Fryirs, K.A. and Brierley, G.J. 2006. Linking geomorphic character, behaviour and condition to fluvial biodiversity: Implications for river rehabilitation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Research. 16, 267-288.
Thomson, J.R., Taylor, M.P. and Brierley, G.J.2004. Are River Styles ecologically meaningful? A test of the ecological relevance of a geomorphic river characterisation scheme. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Research. 14, 25-48.
Thomson, J., Taylor, M.P., Fryirs, K.A. and Brierley, G.J.2001. A geomorphological framework for river characterisation and habitat assessment. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 11, 373-389.

Application of the River Styles framework along urban waterways

The River Styles framework has also been applied in Urban settings. One application of this work occurred in Brisbane. The framework was modified for application in this setting. Details of how the framework can be used, and the proformas developed for this application are outlined in the following report, which can be downloaded as a pdf.

Fryirs, K.A. 2003. Using the River Styles® framework as a physical template upon which an anthropophysical layer can be developed for urban streams. In Water & Environment, City Design and Earth Tech Engineering Pty, Ltd. Cedar Creek River Styles Pilot Study. Report to Brisbane City Council.