No single approach effectively synthesizes analysis of river channel form. The diversity of river channels renders research aims and site specificity critical to any investigation, framed within an open-ended approach to enquiry. This inevitably entails a trade-off between resolution, scale, and time: information collected must reflect the specific needs of the task at hand at a given site. In this chapter, investigative techniques used to assess river channel form are appraised in relation to channel planform, cross section, long profile, and three-dimensional morphology. Analysis of three-dimensional forms provides the most rigorous approach to link form adjustment to channel processes, enabling predictive modeling of river behavior.
|Title of host publication||Treatise on geomorphology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Methods in geomorphology|
|Editors||John F. Shroder, Adam Switzer, David M. Kennedy|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam; Boston|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2013|