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Course Opportunity – Using Fluvial Geomorphology in Watershed Assessment

Posted on 18th Mar 2017

Field Geology Services is offering a fluvial geomorphology short course entitled “Using Fluvial Geomorphology in Watershed Assessments and Stream Restoration.”


The course will be held April 26-27, 2017 at Viles Arboretum in Augusta, ME with an optional one-day field trip on April 28th.


Course description:


This 2 day short course with a third day optional field trip will provide an overview of fluvial geomorphology with a thorough discussion of key concepts such as the principles of equilibrium, channel classification methods, channel evolution, and sediment transport capacity. A number of case studies from New England and elsewhere in the country will demonstrate how an understanding of fluvial geomorphology can be used in watershed assessments to identify the underlying causal mechanisms for erosion and flooding problems that are responsible for significant infrastructure damage and environmental degradation. Additional case studies will be used to reveal common errors made in stream restoration projects when the basic principles of fluvial geomorphology are poorly understood. The course will concluded with a discussion of the appropriate settings and conditions within which to employ a variety of widely used stream restoration techniques. The field trip will be to stream restoration sites near the course location and will illustrate the fluvial geomorphology concepts and stream restoration techniques discussed in the course.

Contact John Field with questions about this course: or 207-491-9541


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