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Characterising Riverine Landscapes: History, Application and Future Challenges

Milner, Victoria S. and Gilvear, D.J. and Thoms, M.C. (2016) Characterising Riverine Landscapes: History, Application and Future Challenges. In: River Science: Research and Management for the 21st Century. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 239-258. ISBN 978-1-119-99434-3 Online: 9781118643525

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the history, application and future challenges of river classification. It advocates river characterisation/classification should not simply improve the understanding of patterns and processes, but also extend the knowledge of river science both conceptually and theoretically and be applicable within an interdisciplinary domain. Specifically, the chapter identifies a chronology of geomorphic-based river system characterisation into four distinct periods: the pioneer, the consolidation, application and the river science phase. The chronology of geomorphic-based river system characterisation highlights a trend from bottom-up, constructivist approaches to top-down, reductionist approaches within river characterisation/ classification. Examples of river characterisation/classification approaches used for science and management applications that typify the latter phase are described. Finally, the chapter identifies the future challenges facing river characterisations/classifications, emphasises the importance of spatiotemporal scales and the value of using remote sensing technologies, and discusses future priorities.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: geomorphic-based river system characterisation, remote sensing technologies, river classification, river science, spatiotemporal scales
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Tory Milner
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2016 14:51
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 10:23
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5079

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