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Applied Stream Channel Morphology RENR 8108

Renewable Resources Course

Course details

This course provides an introduction to river and stream morphology in the fluvial landscape, including the physical processes that control form and function of stream channels and the means of observing them. This is an applied stream channel morphology course, based on the first principals of geomorphology. The emphasis is on identifying the important river measurements, how they are obtained in the field, and how data are analyzed (including advantages and limitations). Objectives of this course are: to introduce the general topic of river and stream morphology in the fluvial landscape; to introduce the main processes that occur in rivers/streams, and the means for observing them; to develop a balanced, comprehensive appreciation of the commonly used techniques for analysis of river morphology and processes, as they are applied to restoration activities, and; to introduce students to the advantages and limitations of commonly applied geomorphological techniques applied to restoration. This is a strongly field-based course, so attendance and active participation is required. Some labs will be conducted outside of regularly-scheduled class time.

Prerequisite(s)

Credits

4.0

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the morphological characteristics found in the Canadian fluvial landscape.
  • Describe the main processes that occur in rivers and streams, and the means for observing them.
  • Assess the advantages and limitations of the commonly applied geomorphological techniques applied to restoration.
  • Evaluate the important temporal and spatial scale implications of the various geomorphological techniques commonly used.
  • Critically evaluate the commonly used techniques for analysis of river morphology and processes, as they are applied to restoration activities.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

Applied Stream Channel Morphology (RENR 8108) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Bachelor of Science Full-time/Part-time

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