One. Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape

  1. Kirstie A. Fryirs1 and
  2. Gary J. Brierley2

Published Online: 28 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118305454.ch1

Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape

Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape

How to Cite

Fryirs, K. A. and Brierley, G. J. (2012) Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape, in Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118305454.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia

  2. 2

    School of Environment, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405192750

Online ISBN: 9781118305454

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Keywords:

  • catchments;
  • geomorphic analysis;
  • landscape;
  • landforms;
  • river systems

Summary

This is an introductory chapter of the book Geomorphic analysis of river systems: an approach to reading the landscape. Reading the landscape is an open-ended, interpretative, field-based approach to geomorphic analysis of river systems. This approach helps practitioners use their knowledge and experience to identify the assemblage of landforms or features that make up rivers, develop hypotheses to interpret the processes responsible for those landforms, determine how those features have/will adjust and change over time and, finally, place this understanding in its spatial and temporal context. As rivers are spatially linked systems, they are best studied at the catchment scale. Catchments synthesise process-form relationships over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Detective-style investigations are required to differentiate among the myriad of factors that affect river character, behaviour and evolution.