Module 6: Fluvial Geomorphic Processes - Sediment movement and deposition in river systems
Why we’re covering it
This chapter covers some of the most fundamental concepts surrounding fluvial geomorphic processes. We will take our time working through it slowly.
- Differentiate influence of extenrnal controls (e.g. climate and catchment) vs. local controls on form and process.
- 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.
- Gain an appreciation of how geomorphic processes of erosion, deposition transport and storage of sediment shape topography and create, maintain, sculpt and destroy distincitive landforms.
We cover Module 6 and Chapter 6 by breaking it up into a bunch of smaller pieces. Please read the corresponding part of the chapter, watch one sequence of lectures, post questions on the discussion board. Then, move on to the next one.
Sediment Calibre & Loads - Slides & Handouts (Part 1)
This corresponds to the first two sections of the chapter (pages 81-84). There is way more in this section than you might first expect.
Part 1 - Lecture Playlist36 minutes
Hjulström Diagram & Sediment Entrainment - Slides & Handouts (Part 2)
This corresponds to the next two sections of the chapter (pages 84-87).
Part 2 - Lecture Playlist45 minutes
Sediment Transport and Material Properties that Affect Sediment Movement - Slides & Handouts (Part 3)
This corresponds to next two sections of the chapter (pages 88-102).
Part 3 - Lecture Playlist30 minutes
Note § Material Properties that Affect Sediment Movement was covered in class lecture.
Sediment Deposition and Interpreting Sediment Sequences as a Tool to Read Riverscapes (Part 4)
This corresponds to next two sections of the chapter (pages 102-114).
Part 4 - Lecture Playlist17 minutes
Note § Interpreting Sediment Sequences as a Tool to Read Riverscapes was covered in class lecture.
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 SIX: Sediment movement and deposition in river systems
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.
Here at USU, we offer the following advanced classes on sediment transport:
- WATS 6900 – Sed Transport w/ Open Channel Flow (Fall)
- WATS 6900 – Sediment Transport in Restoration Design (Summer)
- CEE 5470/ 6470 - Sedimentation Engineering
Our very own Peter Wilcock is one of the world’s leading sediment transport experts.