River Morphology

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Petr Sklenář
Petr Sklenář
Petr Sklenář
Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology

The activity of running surface water in terms of morphological changes of the Earth's surface can be definitely viewed as a dominant factor. River landscape is among the most dynamically developing landscape features. The subject therefore focuses on areas that determine the major potential in the transformations and development stages of watercourses. The key hydrological theme of the study will be the concept of a dominant channel flow and pulse changes due to flood flows. Furthermore, the natural development stages of water channels and river floodplain will be studied, which can be documented by direct field observations, simple laboratory experiments, or remote sensing monitoring methods. Attention will be paid not only to qualitative descriptive ways of transport processes and morphological changes but also to the ways of their quantification or dynamic processes in their modelling. The course will also focus on the role of human activities in the context of negative and positive influences on natural morphological processes in river system.

The main area for active participation of the students within this course is the study and analysis of mutually influencing natural or anthropogenically induced factors within the application of a dynamic model of morphological development. Students will be motivated to prepare a state of the art report in the given field fluvial morphology or to prepare a simple demonstration experiment in order to explain fluvial response to induced changes. Other areas include streambank stability, the main factors and processes leading to bank failures, monitoring of fluvial changes, stabilization and bank protection measures, the connection between the erosion of the bed and the banks of the bed and demonstration methods. The course is also open to other related topics brought by students themselves, such as the relationship between river morphological processes and animal and plant communities in flowing waters (renaturation and instream habitat restoration).


No prerequisities.

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Study Objective:

Ability in field of fluvial geomorphology and sediment transport in rivers and reservoirs.

Study materials:

Erosion and Sedimentation Manual. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of reclamation, 2006.

Schumm, S. A. River variability and complexity.Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-521-84671-4.

Parker, G. 1D Sediment Transport Morphodynamics with Applications to Rivers and Turbidity Currents (web site http://hydrolab.illinois.edu/people/parkerg/morphodynamics_e-book.htm).

Jansen, P. Ph. Principles of river engineering: The non-tidal alluvial river. DUM, 1994. ISBN 90-6562-146-6

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