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A review of techniques available for delimiting the erodible river corridor: a sustainable approach to managing bank erosion

Piégay, H, Darby, S.E, Mosselman, E and Surian, N (2005) A review of techniques available for delimiting the erodible river corridor: a sustainable approach to managing bank erosion River Research and Applications, 21, (7), pp. 773-789. (doi:10.1002/rra.881).

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Traditional policies for managing river bank erosion are currently being reconsidered as a result of increased awareness regarding the unsustainable nature of some forms of bank protection, and the role played by bank erosion in providing ecosystem services and supporting geomorphological functions. River managers are therefore increasingly seeking to preserve bank erosion within a defined erodible corridor. This paper provides an overview of the erodible corridor concept, focusing on the provision of guidelines for applying the concept in practice.We argue that a nested approach is required to address management objectives across a range of scales (network scale, reach scale, local scale) and review the different geomorphic tools that are available to help managers define the extent and inner sensitivity of the erodible corridor. These tools include simple rules of thumb such as evaluation of the equilibrium meander amplitude, historical approaches based on overlays of historical channel position, and simulation modelling. The advantages and limitations of each of these tools are discussed.

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Published date: 19 September 2005
Keywords: channel shifting, bank erosion, sustainable management, ecological benefit, human alteration, river functions, hydraulic model, historical analysis, hazard mapping, cost–benefit analysis


Local EPrints ID: 55503
ISSN: 1535-1459
PURE UUID: 57ce97d3-fafc-456e-845a-6c56bb955345
ORCID for S.E Darby: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: H Piégay
Author: S.E Darby ORCID iD
Author: E Mosselman
Author: N Surian

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