Virtual Rivers: Lessons From the Mountain Rivers of the Colorado Front Range

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Abstract

A rich tradition in historical environmental change emerged in the 20th century within the discipline of fluvial geomorphology the study of river land forms. This tradition has produced considerable fruit, including a scientific and historic understanding of river channel change that has reached a much broader audience, including planners, environmentalists, teachers, engineers, and historians. While historical information is usually qualitative in nature, and therefore not easily incorporated into empirical equations or computer models, the historical perspective is of utmost importance to understanding river systems and predicting their future behavior. Virtual Rivers: Lessons from the Mountain Rivers of the Colorado Front Range is a highly successful application of the historical tradition to the Colorado Front region.