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River Hydromorphology - A primer

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River hydromorphology. A primer, written by Jean-René Malavoi and Jean-Paul Bravard in a very clear and instructive style, reveals the extraordinary complexity of the phenomena involved in "making" a river. The authors introduce us to river hydromorphology, a scientific discipline that has come of age, and explain the geomorphological characteristics of rivers, from the riverbed itself to the floodplain, that create the major types of habitat on which aquatic and terrestrial species depend. In the process, it becomes clear that the good ecological operation of rivers and their corridors depends on maintaining and restoring the natural geodynamic processes and the resulting geomorphological characteristics.

Approximately 400 photos and diagrams are another of the book's strong points, helping to explain what the human eye alone cannot grasp and to appreciate the various scales on which river phenomena take place, from individual pebbles to entire basins and even entire countries.

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  Front cover

Basic concepts

Initial definition of river hydromorphology
River hydrosystems and the role of hydromorphology
The theory behind the dynamic equilibrium of rivers
The two main control factors (Q and Qs) and their role in river response on the river-basin scale

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Origin and propagation of coarse alluvial bedload

Suspended load and bedload
Origin of bedload
Propagation of bedload

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Control factors and geodynamic ranking

Additional control factors
Geodynamic ranking

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Response / adjustment factors

Long profile
Cross profile

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Stable river patterns

Meandering pattern
Braided pattern
Thresholds between the meandering and braided patterns
Wandering, anastomosed and anabranching, the secondary patterns in rivers with adjustable morphologies

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River typologies and divisions

Basic concepts
Examples of typologies
Proposed methods for river typologies and divisions
A particular typology, the river-facies typology

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Tools for hydromorphological studies

The basic approach to hydromorphological studies
Maps and drawings
Aerial photographs
Topographic data
Hydrological data
Other useful data
Measurements in the field

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Hydromorphological operation and ecological status

General links
Links in the river corridor
Links in the riverbed

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History and outlook for applied river hydromorphology

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  Back cover