Based on the interdisciplinary approaches between earth science, engineering, physical geography, ecology and management, this text focuses on the theoretical questions, case-studies, challenges, and constraints taken from river restoration. It is illustrated with reports of new ground-breaking research covering spatial and temporal scales of physical processes in river catchments, coupling catchment and fluvial processes, grain dynamics and fluvial forms and on geo-ecology and restoration in mountain gravel-bed river environments. Each chapter includes discussions and comments providing experience and feedback from the fundamental research. This book covers scales of analysis for gravel-bed rivers, physics and modeling of processes at local and point scales, sediment delivery and storage, eco-geography and eco-hydraulics, and channel management and restoration.

Key Features

* Major topics in the field are presented by recognized scientific leaders * Chapters cover theories, practices, and methodologies in river management and restoration * Interdisciplinary approach includes case-studies on new, ground-breaking research


Geologists, hydrologists, geochemists, geomorphologists, civil engineers, and restoration ecologists

Table of Contents

Introduction. Scales of analysis for gravel-bed rivers. 1. Multiple scales in rivers (M.Church). 2. Gravel-bed rivers at the reach scale (R. Ferguson). 3. Hydrodynamics of gravel-bed rivers: scale issues. (V. Nikora). Analysis of processes at point and local scales. 4. pressure- and velocity-measurements above and within a porous gravel bed at the threshold of stability (M. Detert, et al.). 5. Evaluating vertical velocities between the stream and the hyporheic zone from temperature data (I. Seydell, et al.). 6. Bifurcations in gravel-bed streams (M. Tubino, W. Bertoldi). 7. The importance of floods for bed topography and bed sediment composition: numerical modelling of Rhine bifurcation at Pannerden (E. Mosselman, K. Sloff). 8. Review of effects of large floods in resistant-boundary channels (E. Wohl). 9. Modelling river-bank-erosion processes and mass failure mechanisms: progress towards fully coupled simulations. (M.RInaldi, S.E. Darby). 10. Adjustment of the bed surface size distribution of gravel-bed rivers in response to cycled hydrographs (G. Parker, et al.). 11. Bed load transport and streambed structure in gravel streams (P. Diplas, H. Shaheen). 12. Non-stationarity of basin scale sediment delivery in response to climate change (T. J. Coulthard, et al.). 13. Changes in basin-scale sediment supply and transfer to a rapidly transformed New Zealand landscape (M. Page, et al.). 14. Two model scenarios illustrating the effects of land use and climate change on gravel riverbeds of suburban Maryland, U.S.A. (J. Pizzuto, et al.). 15. Spatial and temporal variability in stream sediment loads using examples from the Gros Ventre Range, Wyoming, USA. (S. Ryan, M. Dixon). 16. Sediment organisation along the upper Hunter River, Australia: a multivariate statistical approach (J. Hoyle, et al.). 17. The evolution of sediment waves influenced by varying capacity in heterogeneous rivers (T. Lisle). 18. Sediment storage and transport in coarse bed streams: scale considerations


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About the editors

H. Habersack

Affiliations and Expertise

University of National Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

H. Piegay

Affiliations and Expertise

UMR CNRS, Lyon, France

M. Rinaldi

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Firenze, Firenze, Italy