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Course curriculum

  • 1

    What is Fluvial Geomorphology

    • Introduction

    • Identify the areas of waterway management where understanding the basis of geomorphology can lead to improved outcomes

    • Geomorphology Principles

  • 2

    Spatial context of streams and different types of waterways

    • The introduction of the concept of spatial scale in stream systems (catchment-reach-site)

    • The importance of linkages through different zones within a catchment (sediment and water supply, transport, deposition)

    • Describing stream features at different spatial scales (catchments, floodplains, channels, in-channel features)

    • Classifying streams in different regions

  • 3

    Stream processes

    • Introduction to the drivers of geomorphic form and processes

    • Flow, sediment supply, sediment size, riparian vegetation, stream slope

    • Examples of the geomorphic impacts of changing these inputs

  • 4

    Options for managing streams

    • Introduction to waterway planning frameworks

    • Elements of a planning framework

  • 5

    Stream process - channel incision

    • Overview of channel incision processes and key drivers

    • The stages of channel evolution and what to look for in the field

    • Diagnostic tools to assist incised stream management

    • Options for management

  • 6

    Stream process - meander migration

    • Overview of meandering processes

    • Why do they occur

    • What are their impacts

    • Options for management

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Instructor(s)

Misko Ivezich

Misko is an environmental engineer with core interests and skills in the complex interactions between hydrology, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology. Misko has strong geomorphic field assessment skills having inspected hundreds of waterways across eastern Australia. In addition he is highly proficient in terrain, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling. The combination of his on ground experience and modelling expertise means he has an innate ability to understand how changes in processes, from the local scale to the catchment scale, will impact the condition and trajectory of rivers. Following widespread flooding in both south-east Queensland and north-east Victoria in recent years Misko has worked on a range of projects assessing the causes of channel change. Much of this work has focused on assessing the roles previous restoration works and riparian vegetation played in exacerbating or limiting stream stability. Consequently, as a river restoration designer he couples analytical engineering theory with his experiences of what has previously worked to increase stream stability. Misko also has a keen interest in advancing stream restoration science having authored or co-authored three papers at the recent Australian Stream Management Conference.