Universität Wien FIND

290058 VO Geomorphology and River Management (2016W)

(= Scientific Progress in Natural Hazards and Disaster Managment)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie



Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 12.12. 12:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Wednesday 14.12. 12:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 20.12. 12:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Wednesday 21.12. 12:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Thursday 22.12. 12:30 - 17:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will develop your understanding of how geomorphic principles provide an integrating landscape platform for river management applications. Building upon lessons learnt in the development and application of the River Styles Framework, you will learn skills to evaluate controls upon river diversity (character and behaviour), patterns of rivers at the catchment scale, and approaches to analysis of river evolution, condition and prospective river futures. Application of these principles to a range of river management issues will be demonstrated.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Undergraduate training in Geography or Earth Sciences will provide appropriate background experience for this course.

Examination topics

Reading list

Brierley, G.J. and Fryirs, K.A. (2005). Geomorphology and River Management: Applications of the River Styles framework. Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK. 398pp.

Brierley, G. J., & Fryirs, K.A. (2016). The use of evolutionary trajectories to guide ‘moving targets’ in the management of river futures. River Research and Applications.

Brierley, G. J., Fryirs, K.A., Boulton, A., & Cullum, C. (2008). Working with change: the importance of evolutionary perspectives in framing the trajectory of river adjustment. In River Futures: An Integrative Scientific Approach to River Repair (pp. 65-84). Society for Ecological Restoration International, Island Press Washington, DC, USA.

Fryirs, K.A., & Brierley, G J. (2016). Assessing the geomorphic recovery potential of rivers: forecasting future trajectories of adjustment for use in management. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water.

Association in the course directory

(B11-8.1) (MG-S1-NPI) (MG-W2-MPI) (L2-a-zLV) (UF MA GW 02)

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