River Morphology and Engineering

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141YRIM ZK 5 2P+2C Czech
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Petr Sklenář
Václav Matoušek, Petr Sklenář
Václav Matoušek, Petr Sklenář, Martin Sucharda
Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology

The course consists of two parts:

1. river engineering, where the focus is not only on purely technical structural interventions but also on measures close to nature. Attention is also focused on the principles of considerate anthropogenic activities directly in and near watercourses. Such activities are aimed at ensuring the main required functions in the management, use and disposal of flowing surface waters, while not leading to damage and degradation of the river landscape, but promoting its protection against all relevant risks.

2. fluvial processes, which are the most important geomorphic manifestations in the river landscape in relation to the activities of flowing water. Their understanding provides the necessary basis for the successful application and synthesis of available knowledge on alluvial flows in the field of river engineering. The aim is to recognize the different characteristic channel types and flow development phases, including the dynamics of their changes, and to identify the processes shaping the river channel and its floodplain, including an understanding of their controlling mechanisms. It also includes a qualitative and quantitative description of processes such as the onset of sediment particle movement and sediment movement, erosion and sedimentation processes in the channel or the formation and development of bed formations, the mechanism of undercutting and bank slumping, deepening or softening of the cross-flow profile, etc. An important part of this is the study of the response of modified watercourses to channel intervention caused by sudden natural changes or anthropogenic activities in the river landscape.

The common basis for both parts is a summary of the theoretical knowledge and practical principles of advanced hydraulics of fixed-bed channels in the field of non-uniform and spatially complex flow, turbulent phenomena or resistance caused by granular channel bed or (riparian) vegetation exposed to the flow.


Basic knowledge of hydraulics, hydrology and/ or soil mechanics.

Syllabus of lectures:

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Syllabus of tutorials:

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Study Objective:

The acquired theoretical knowledge will be strengthened by applying the presented computational procedures in simple computational and simulation models or by interpreting the phenomena and processes demonstrated on a laboratory model or video tutorials.

The acquired knowledge will be applied in the planning and design of modified watercourses, artificial water channels and waterways, as well as in their operation and management and in the protection of flowing surface waters, watercourses and river landscapes in general.

Study materials:

Essential literature:

Radecki-Pawlik, A., Pagliara, S., Hradecký J.: Open Channel Hydraulics, River Hydraulic Structures and Fluvial Geomorphology. CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4987-3082-2.

Wohl, E.: Rivers in the Landscape. Willey-Blackwell, 2020. ISBN: 978-1-119-53541-6.

Galia, T. 2017. Fluviální geomorfologie. Ostravská univerzita, Přírodovědecká fakulta, Katedra fyzické geografie a geoekologie, Ostrava, ISBN 978-80-7464-901-1.

Suggested literature:

Šindlar, M. a kol.: Geomorfologické procesy vývoje vodních toků -Část 1. Typologie korytotvorných procesů. Šindlar, 2015. ISBN: 978-80-254-2445-2.

Máčka, Z., Krejčí, L. a kol.: Říční dřevo ve vodních tocích ČR. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. ISBN 978-80-210-5624-4.

Study aids:

Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines 2012. Prepared for: Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program. (https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/01374/wdfw01374.pdf).

Further information:
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