Book: Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems

Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems

Fryirs, K.A. and Brierley, G.J. (2013) Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An approach to Reading the Landscape. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, 345pp.
ISBN 978-1-4051-9274-3

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Reading the Landscape entails making sense of what a riverscape looks like, how it work, how it has evolved over time and how alterations to one part of a catchment may have secondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. These place-based field analyses are framed within their topographic, climatic and environmental context. Issues and principles presented in the first part of this book provide foundational understandings that underpin the approach to reading the landscape that is presented in the second half of the book. In reading the landscape, detective-style investigations and interpretations are tied to theoretical and conceptual principles to generate catchment-specific analyses of river character, behaviour and evolution, including responses to human disturbance.

This book has been constructed as an introductory text on river landscapes, proving a bridge and/or companion to quantitatively-framed or modelled approaches to landscape analysis that are addressed elsewhere. Key principles outlined in the book emphasise the importance of complexity, contingency and emergence in interpreting the character, behaviour and evolution of any given system.

The target audience is second and third year undergraduate students in geomorphology, hydrology, earth science and environmental science, as well as river practitioners who use geomorphic understandings to guide scientific and/or management applications.

International reviews


I believe the authors have excellent material for this a very interesting and compelling book that will far exceed anything currently available to undergraduate students. I wish the book had been produced years ago

This book should equip students with the ability to read the landscape is an excellent one.

They are committed teachers who excel at their professions and would have long been aware of the gap in the market in this respect

The strengths [of this book] are that it will be an up-to-date, field-based volume aimed at an under-served audience of undergraduates and field practitioners. Also, this volume would be written by researchers who are very knowledgeable about rivers and are skilled in communication

Clearly, this book will become a primer for those interested in river dynamics and change, and rehabilitation