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Fluvial Landscape Dynamics

Although only about 0.006% of the freshwater on the Earth is found in rivers, they are one of the major agents sculpting the Earth's surface. Rivers play a vital role in the Earth's hydrological, biological, and geomorphological processes. Operating like a conveyor belt, they transport freshwater as well as sediment and various important chemical components collected from the land to the water reservoirs such as lakes, seas, and oceans. Fluvial landscapes provide habitat for aquatic plant and animal species. Most terrestrial species also depend on a riverine ecosystem at some point during their life cycle. Fluvial landscapes are among the most densely populated, the most fertile, and the most threatened landscapes in the world. And yet, at the same time, they are among most frequently ignored ones within water management schemes.

FLUVIAL-GEOS LAB seeks to advance the process-based understanding of the dynamics of fluvial landscapes, which are governed by fluvial, hydrological, and ecological processes that occur across a range space and time scales. An in-depth process-based understanding on fluvial landscape dynamics is critical in the planning of effective and ecologically-sound management and restoration of fluvial systems and in the development of land-use planning strategies for fluvial landscapes including policies for the reduction of hazards associated with bank erosion and channel migration.

FLUVIAL-GEOS LAB is a multidisciplinary research group that collaborate with researchers from a range of disciplines including geography, civil and environmental engineering, geology, and ecology. Research activities of Fluvial-GEOS Lab are founded on a methodological framework that combines remote-sensing analysis, Geographic Information Science (GIS), geostatistics, numerical modeling, and field-based approaches.

mississippiSmall, blocky shapes of towns, fields, and pastures surround the graceful swirls and whorls of the Mississippi River. Countless oxbow lakes and cutoffs accompany the meandering river south of Memphis, Tennessee, on the border between Arkansas and Mississippi, USA. The Mighty Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America. Photo courtesy NASA.
mississippi2The alluvial valley of the lower Mississippi River, by Harold Fisk, 1944.
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