Category Archives: Geomorphology

Looking into Selly Park Flooding

In June this year intense rainfall led to localised flooding in South Birmingham in and around University of Birmingham. One area which was particularly badly hit was Pershore Rd near the Birmingham Nature Centre. This area is near to the … Continue reading

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Can we justify preserving landscapes for heritage?

This is a post I’ve mulling over for nearly a year on and off. As a society we now commonly restore rivers to improve water quality or for ecological benefits, and as recent posts on here have demonstrated we may … Continue reading

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What about beavers?

My first research projects were on logjams, looking at their abundance, distribution, form and function. These logjams were naturally occurring as a result of wood being “recruited” to the channel via wind throw or overbank transport. However ever since I … Continue reading

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How do we use wood in river management?

The presence of in-stream wood in rivers is a fairly complex and chaotic management issue. It’s not neat and tidy and to a degree wood in a channel is unpredictable, both in its effects and its behaviour. Wood moves around … Continue reading

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River Management Career Profiles

Following on from our very popular blog looking at and reviewing the available MSc courses for entry into the field of river management I’m excited to launch a new mini-series on the blog today looking at careers in the river … Continue reading

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The Sylhet Trough – Nature’s giant settling basin

In a bit of a departure from our usual content I’m going to contrast a continental scale feature from Asia with some SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage) applications nearer to home. At the moment I’m doing some work on bank erosion … Continue reading

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The dynamics of large wood in forest rivers – part 2

In a previous post I described the main findings from a recent paper I had accepted in the journal Water Resources Research. The study looked at the movement of pieces of large wood by using numbered aluminium tags and repeatedly … Continue reading

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