Fluvial Geomorphology

Key Concepts

Module 2: Key Concepts in Fluvial Geomorphology

Background & Why we’re covering it

Chapter 2 on ‘Key concepts in river geomorphology’ will:

  • Elaborate on the hierarchal spatial scales we introduced in Chapter 1
  • Introduce temporal scale constructs in evaluating riverscapes
  • Introduce some common concepts used by geomorphologists in making spatio-temporal interpretations of these dynamic systems

We will make reference to many of these concepts throughout the course and it will be assumed you are clear on these foundational concepts.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate influence of external controls (e.g. climate and catchment) vs. local controls on form and process.
  2. Apply principles of geomorphic analysis to a diversity of riverscapes.
  3. Recognize the primary controls on riverscape diversity, in which distinctive suites of physical and biotic processes (behavior) help shape the form and character of those landscapes.


Lecture Videos, Slides & Handouts

We cover Module 2 and Chapter 2 in about 1.5 hours of lecture. A few topics we will discuss in class.

Entire Lecture Playlist

1 hour 28 minutes

Corresponding Chapter in Course Text

From: Fryirs KA, Brierley GA. 2013. Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape, First Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: Chichester, U.K.

This module focus on: CHAPTER TWO: Key concepts in river geomorphology

Relevant or Cited Literature

Follow up selected readings suggested by Fryris and Brierley (2013) are provided for every chapter in page 328-334 of the text book.