Resilience and Riverine Landscapes

Resilience and Riverine Landscapes

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Martin Thoms, Ian Fuller
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917162

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Resilience and Riverine Landscapes presents contributed chapters from global experts in Riverine Landscapes, making it the most comprehensive reference available on the topic. The book is divided into 4 clear sections. Section 1 comprises two chapters plus the introduction, which consider why rivers are ideal landscapes to study resilience and why studying rivers from a resilience perspective is important for our biophysical understanding of these landscapes and for society. Section 2 has 10 chapters focusing on the biophysical character of resilience in riverine landscapes. This collection of chapters provide an interdisciplinary perspective of the structure, function and interactions of riverine landscapes and the ecosystems they contain. Section 3 has eight chapters focusing on the social – ecological perspective of resilience across riverine landscapes. These chapters deal with resilience from governance, financial through to sustainability perspectives. Section 4 has 10 chapters that consider the applications and implications of riverine landscapes from a resilience perspective. Chapters cover a range of topics, including flow management, river management and rivers of the Anthropocene. These case studies come from a range of geographical settings. The editors then conclude by proposing a research agenda for the future, emphasizing the need for transdisciplinary research across a range of spatial and temporal scales and research domains as well as highlighting the function of resilience thinking for river science and management within science/academia, government and non-government agencies, and society. Resilience and Riverine Landscapes is aimed at academics and postgraduate researchers in departments of hydrology, physical geography, earth sciences, and environmental science.

Key Features

  • Presents resilience of rivers with both a theoretical and applied focus
  • Includes case studies from a wide geographical base- allowing for a full range of viewpoints and showcasing how resilience is being incorporated into the study and management of riverine landscapes
  • Includes a transdisciplinary focus on riverine landscapes, from the theory to the applied with a focus from biophysical to social – ecological systems


Academics and postgraduate researchers in departments of hydrology, physical geography, earth sciences and general environmental science, environmental management, civil engineering, biology, zoology, botany and aquatic ecology

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    1 Riverine landscapes from a resilience perspective: Past, present and future
    M.C Thoms and I Fuller
    2 Metaphors of resilience and their implications for rivers, science, and society
    M Tadaki and J Clapcott
    3 The relevance of resilience to river ecosystems
    R Biggs

    Biophysical perspectives of resilience in riverine landscapes
    4 Why riverine landscapes to study resilience?
    M.C Thoms, I Fuller, J Phillips, and D Corenbilt
    5 Thresholds, tipping points, and regime shifts: what are they and what can they tell us
    M.D Delong
    6 Rivers and resilience: a longer-term view from the drylands
    S Tooth
    7 Trajectories of change across floodplain landscapes
    T Doody
    8 The resilience of freshwater networks
    J Olden
    9 Resilience of riverine ecological networks: scaling from communities to spatial meta-networks in connected riverine landscapes
    J Tonkin
    10 Resistance, resilience and river recovery
    R Death
    11 Strengthening our river ecosystems against climatic changes: Resilience and river ecology
    K Van Looy
    12 Drought, disturbance and river resilience in the Murray Darling Basin Australia
    R Thompson and R McNally
    13 A river resilience tool
    W Dennison

    Social – Ecological perspectives of resilience across riverine landscapes
    14 Power, agency and resistance: the contested meaning of resilience in social and ecological disciplines
    M Parsons
    15 River organisations and Social-Ecological resilience
    C Flint
    16 Indigenous knowledge contributions to river resilience
    D Hikuroa
    17 Tropical mega-deltas: assessing social-ecological system resilience
    A Large
    18 Sustainability and river resilience
    M Scown
    19 Policy, governance and river resilience
    P Martin
    20 What does resilience mean for managing the nations rivers?
    J Flotemersch
    21 Financing River Resilience: Alternative approaches for “impact investing” in river restoration
    M Doyle

    The application and implication of resilience in riverine landscapes
    22 Resilience and the implications for Anthropocene rivers
    J De Boer and M.C Thoms
    23 Resilience-based challenges and opportunities for fisheries management in Anthropocene rivers
    K Bouska, J De Boer, and C Wolter
    24 Trajectories of Floodplain Functions and Implications for Resilient Floodplain Management
    R Morrison
    25 Resilience, the physical science of rivers and their management
    H Piegay
    26 Resilience and river management
    I Fuller
    27 Flow management through a resilience lens
    S Yarnell
    28 Life on the Mississippi at a time of climate change: What Mark Twain could not have anticipated but we can and must
    C Ochs and P Hatfield
    29 Social-ecological resilience of the Columbia
    B Chaffin
    30 Social considerations of river resilience in Aotearoa
    G Brierley and A Salmond
    31 Integrating resilience and the study of riverine landscapes: The way forward
    I Fuller and M.C Thoms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917162

About the Editors

Martin Thoms

Martin Thoms is Professor of River Science and Chair of Geography and Planning at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. His research activities focus on the boundaries of river science – boundaries between different disciplines (geomorphology-hydrology-ecology-biogeochemistry), the science-management-policy boundary and the boundaries between rivers and their floodplains. His research in this domain has occurred in both national and international settings. He is currently Regional Editor for River Research and Applications, on the editorial board of four other international journals and has been President of the International Society for River Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of River Science and Chair of Geography and Planning, University of New England, Australia

Ian Fuller

Ian Fuller is currently Professor in Physical Geography at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, where he co-directs the Innovative River Solutions group and where he has been based since 2003. His research in fluvial geomorphology provides an integrated understanding of river systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales. He has completed numerous projects for stakeholders in river management and worked in catchments throughout New Zealand, as well as the UK and Europe. Prior to arriving in New Zealand, Ian completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1996, which was followed by a lectureship in Physical Geography at Northumbria University. He is passionate about educating students in NZ’s rivers and linking geomorphology with river management, and serves on the Executive Committee of Engineering New Zealand’s Rivers Group.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor in Physical Geography, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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