Twelve. River Evolution

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

Published Online: 28 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118305454.ch12

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) River Evolution, in Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118305454.ch12

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:

  • climatic influence;
  • geologic controls;
  • geomorphic evolution;
  • landscape;
  • river adjustment;
  • river change;
  • river evolution;
  • river evolution diagram

Summary

River evolution is the study of river adjustment over time. This chapter on river evolution is structured as follows. First, timescales of river change are discussed. Second, pathways and rates of geomorphic evolution are summarised for different types of rivers. Third, geologic and climatic controls on river evolution are considered. Then, evolutionary responses to changes in boundary conditions are outlined, and a river evolution diagram is used to extend analysis of river behaviour to incorporate interpretations of the nature and capacity for river change for various types for rivers. Finally, tools to interpret river evolution by reading the landscape are reviewed.