Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape Paperback – 16 Nov 2012
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“Recommended readings for each chapter complement the bibliography and enhance the book′s overall value. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper–division undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals/practitioners.” (Choice, 1 August 2013)
From the Back Cover
‘Reading the landscape’ entails making sense of what a riverscape looks like, how it works, how it has evolved over time, and how alterations to one part of a catchment may have secondary consequences elsewhere, over different timeframes. These place–based field analyses are framed within their topographic, climatic and environmental context. Issues and principles presented in the first part of this book provide foundational understandings that underpin the approach to reading the landscape that is presented in the second half of the book. In reading the landscape, detective–style investigations and interpretations are tied to theoretical and conceptual principles to generate catchment–specific analyses of river character, behaviour and evolution, including responses to human disturbance.
This book has been constructed as an introductory text on river landscapes, providing a bridge and/or companion to quantitatively–framed or modelled approaches to landscape analysis that are addressed elsewhere. Key principles outlined in the book emphasise the importance of complexity, contingency and emergence in interpreting the character, behaviour and evolution of any given system.
The target audience is second and third year undergraduate students in geomorphology, hydrology, earth science and environmental science, as well as river practitioners who use geomorphic understandings to guide scientific and/or management applications.
The primary focus of Kirstie and Gary’s research and teaching entails the use of geomorphic principles as a tool with which to develop coherent scientific understandings of river systems, and the application of these understandings in management practice. Kirstie and Gary are co–developers of the River Styles® Framework and Short Course that is widely used in river management, decision–making and training.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The illustration is great, and the content is on the most part very easy to follow.
I would suggest this is more aimed at a beginner rather than someone who already possesses a decent amount of knowledge.
This fascinating book opens up the secrets of our watery landscape, showing us how it formed and explaining how it can and will change with the passage of time. Wonderful stuff. Recommended.
The book is black and white which does not affect most of the diagrams but there are some photographs which would have been better in colour. However, I wouldn't say this is a significant issue and overall the diagrams are nice and easy to understand. They really add to the book and make difficult concepts easier to understand.
The phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is true for this book as it is certainly no beauty! However the contents are excellent. The authors are well qualified to discuss the subject and they do so with style. There are 15 chapters which are also further divided into subheadings. Each chapter is also summarised with some key messages in bullet point format which helps to reinforce the important topics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is much more akin to a university text book then I was expecting it to be. The look and description of the book appealed to me as somebody who takes a hobby-style... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by Max
I read quite technical stuff out of interest and to expand my general knowledge. This took me quite a while. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Alison Towers
This book is very interesting but was really a bit over my head. I do think though it is probably a book more people in government should read ,so they can understand about rivers... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Mrs. T. SALMON
This is not a book to sit down and read to relax.. it is more of a reference book. An introduction to the subject "Reading the landscape". Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Birmingham Book Reader
I found this book a great reference text. It is highly unlikely anyone would choose to sit down to read it front to back, indeed it would be a very dry read were they to try to do... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by Dinah85
This is not a book for the layperson but would be of interest to the earth scientist or student, physical geographer, or specialist in Quarternary Studies. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by Gary White
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