Fluvial Geomorphology

Catchment-Scale Controls

Module 3: Catchment-Scale Controls on River Geomorphology

See Corresponding Assignment


Why we’re covering it

The fourth step in reading riverscapes involves placing your riverscape in its catchment context. Mapping, recognizing and quantifying with simple morphometrics (i.e. measurements of morphology) is a big part of this.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate influence of external controls (e.g., climate and catchment) vs. local controls on form and process.
  2. 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 5 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 THREE: Catchment-scale controls on river geomorphology

Relevant or Cited Literature

Follow up selected readings suggested by Fryris and Brierley (2013) are provided for every chapter in page 328-3334 of the text book.