Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology

Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology


You will write an essay addressing one of the titles given below. These titles have been selected to cover the range of topics studied in this module. You will be expected to explore your chosen title/topic in depth and go beyond the material covered in class. Where appropriate your essay will include analysis and evaluation and draw on case studies and examples in addition to description. You should use texts and articles to support your writing.

Choose from ONE of the following titles (Please choose one you think it is easy for you)
1.    Describe in detail the main processes involved in the transport and deposition of fluvial sediment. Include reference to bed forms and the physical laws that govern sediment transport and deposition.

2.    Compare and contrast the development of braided and meandering rivers and their geomorphological features.

3.    With reference to specific examples, explain the different approaches to river restoration and evaluate their merits.

4.    Discuss the potential effects of climate change on fluvial ecosystem services and evaluate how this might impact on our ability to meet the needs of the Water Framework Directive.

5.    With reference to specific examples, explain how flooding can be managed through the use of non-engineered approaches.  You should evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

6.    Pollution of rivers can arise from a number of sources: past mining activity, urbanisation, agriculture and afforestation being key examples.  Choose ONE of these topics and explain the effects on the catchment and evaluate some of the approaches that can be taken to reduce the effects.

The assignment must adhere to the following criteria:

1) Word count: 1500 total. A total word count must be provided at the end of the essay.

2) Format: essays should be typed in Arial (11 pts) or Times New Roman (12pts). The SHU-Harvard referencing system must be used for in text citations and referencing. If you are uncertain about how to reference correctly please seek advice.

3) Use of Diagrams and figures: The use of figures and tables is strongly encouraged. If these are not of your own creation they must be correctly cited and referenced using the SHU-Harvard referencing system. All figures and tables must be numbered and labelled and should be referred to in the text.

4) Research – you are expected to draw on academic texts and journal articles for this piece of work, materials from organisations such as the Environment Agency and Natural England may be used where appropriate but you should not over-rely on these.

You need to submit your report to the Assignment Handling Point (Owen 431) by the date specified in your assessment diary.

Please make sure that you keep a copy of your work.