Eco-geomorphology: an interdisciplinary approach to river science

Martin Thoms, Melissa Parsons

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    Eco-geomorphology is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of
    river systems that integrates hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and ecology.
    This approach facilitates a new understanding of river systems by bridging
    dominant paradigms from individual disciplines. Each discipline views river
    systems from a spatial and temporal perspective, but we suggest that one of
    the main impediments to ftirther expansion of interdisciplinary study is the
    mismatch of scales between disciplines. A hierarchical and integrative
    framework for interdisciplinary study is required and would overcomes scale
    issues by matching a problem with a river system process to identify causal
    explanations at the correct spatial and temporal scales. We use the example of
    environmental flows to demonstrate the utility of an eco-geomorphological
    approach for identification of characteristic scales of hydrological,
    geomorphological and ecological influence in the Condamine-Balonne River.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Structure, Function and Management Implications of Fluvial Sedimentary Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of an international symposium held at Alice Springs. Australia, September 2002
    EditorsFiona J. Dyer, Martin C. Thoms, Jon M. Olley
    Place of PublicationOxfordshire
    PublisherIAHS Press
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781901502961
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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