This course consists of lectures, backed by references on river processes, methods of measurement and analysis methods in fluvial geomorphology and ecology, restoration planning, and field trips, exercises, and discussions. The course is in English, but draws heavily on river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America and elsewhere. Instruction includes lectures, field exercises, problem sets and workshops on approaches to planning and implementing process-based restoration.
The course provides multiple reference materials, including Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (Kondolf and Piégay, 2nd ed., 2016) and over 40 relevant scientific papers and management reports, and draws directly upon Stream and Watershed Restoration: A Guide to Restoring Riverine Processes and Habitats (Roni & Beechie, 2012). The language of the course is English, although some French-language references are provided among the readings.
The course is taught by an array of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of river restoration and draws participants from multiple countries and diverse regions across the planet. Among its most valuable features are workshops in which participants can present problems encountered in their work to apply course concepts with input from instructors and other participants.
The course is suitable for managers, landscape architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, and members of other professions with interests in river restoration.
Finally, this short-course will take place the week after the international IS.Rivers conference, which will be held in Lyon, France (2 hours north), offering the opportunity for participants to conveniently extend their learning experience through participation in both events.
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