Should river restoration be based on classification schemes or process models? Insights from the history of geomorphology

Doyle, M.W., D.E. Miller and J.M. Harbor

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River restoration design requires the application of fluvial geomorphic concepts, and should be expected to apply the techniques concurrent with contemporary thinking and research. Through a brief review of the history of geomorphology over the past century, striking parallels between geomorphic research and river restoration practice become apparent. We suggest that dependence on, or requirement of, a specific design approach — certainly one based on historical geomorphology — precludes the ability of river restoration to develop as has geomorphology.

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ASCE International Conference on Water Resources Engineering