Restoration Design - Geomorphic Principles


Why we’re covering it

  • A review of design process and elaboration of concept of design hypotheses
  • Crash-course on the ‘form’ side of geomorphology, as a grading plan is fundamentally a reflection of how your design changes those forms
  • Help you understand the building blocks of riverscapes
  • Introduce you to the tools and terminology to help you map riverscapes

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain direct experience applying knowledge as a watershed scientist to working on real-world aquatic ecosystem restoration and management problems (e.g. stream restoration, watershed management,wetland restoration) with practitioners.
  • Develop a working understanding of different aspects and approaches to restoration design and create two types of design and evaluate their ability to achieve project objectives. Articulate specific, testable design hypotheses for your own designs.


Slides & Handouts

Part 1 - Traditional Restoration Design

There are two lectures for this module. The first is a refresher on Traditional Restoration Design with emphasis on design hypothesis testing and explaining what a grading plan is (getting your ready for Module 2 on Grading .


46 minutes

Part 2 - Geomorphic Principles Primer

The second lecture is a crash course on Geomorphic Principles to prepare you both for your Module 2 on Grading and the LTPBR Project. As the topics are discrete and some of the parts of the lecture longer, I break them up into separate videos intended to be watched sequentially. There is about 1 hour and 20 minutes of lecture material, but if you do the 5 exercises, it will likely take you about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get through.

If you want to print out just the exercises:

Exercise Handout for Print

Part 2 A- Primer Overview


4 minutes

For those of you enrolled in Fluvial Geomorphology (WATS 5150), there will be some overlap between what we quickly review here and what is covered there.

Part 2 -I - Reach Types


12 minutes

Part 2 -II - Valley Setting


12 minutes

Part 2 -III - Margins


10 minutes

Part 2 - IV - Geomorphic Units


34 minutes

Part 2 -V - Structural Elements


11 minutes

Relevant or Cited Literature

If you want more information no GUT:

  • Kramer N, Bangen SG, Wheaton JM, Bouwes N, Wall E, Saunders C, and Bennett S.. 2017. Geomorphic Unit Tool (GUT): Applications in Fluvial Mapping. EP11A-1546. AGU. New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30142.18241.
  • Bangen SG, Kramer N, Wheaton, JM, and Bouwes N. 2017. The GUTs of the Geomorphic Unit Tool: What is under the hood. EP31D-1901. AGU. New Orleans, LA, 11-15 Dec. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.31118.66884.

For more information on what was covered in lecture, see optional reading

Or, take the WATS 5150 Fluvial Geomorphology Class

OLD - 2020 & Prior Lecture Slides

These are just for reference for past year’s classes. Use slides and video above. Lecture Slides

Previous Year In-Class Exercise Materials

Download all materials below to easy to find place (e.g. c:\0_Logan).