Rivers: Form and Process of Alluvial Channels

Rivers: Form and Process of Alluvial Channels
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By Keith Richards

First published in 1982, this remains a seminal work in geomorphology, a classic text. The reviews speak for themselves:

Rivers is undoubtedly one of the major contributions to the subject of fluvial geomorphology in the last decade. Keith Richards provides a detailed review of “the state of the art” in a field which has grown so much in recent years, that, on this basis alone, the book is a major achievement. It is an essential reference text for serious students and practitioners in geomorphology, sedimentology and river engineering.” Sedimentology

“In this book Keith Richards has assembled a wealth of information on the geomorphology of rivers…. (He) is to be congratulated on producing a thoroughly researched, up-to-date account of fluvial processes and landforms. This book will be a standard text for many years to come.” Geography

“This lucid and scholarly review will undoubtedly serve as an excellent advanced text for geomorphology courses and as a standard reference work for students in allied subjects.” The Times Higher Education Supplement

Keith Richards is Professor of Geography at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He has been a member of the Department (University Lecturer, Reader, then Professor) since 1984, and before that was at the University of Hull. He originally graduated from Cambridge, both at Bachelor and PhD levels. During his career he has published in several areas of geomorphology, but his main research focus has been in fluvial geomorphology. He has been Secretary and Chairman of the British Geomorphological Research Group, and an editor of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. He has written or edited nine books and about 150 papers.

His research interests have also included glacial hydrology, catchment and hillslope processes, and innovation in modelling and monitoring approaches in geomorphology and hydrology (such as terrestrial photogrammetry, MRI, computational fluid dynamics, and discrete element methods). He has also worked on the interaction of fluvial, hydrological and ecological processes in floodplain environments, including the roles of channel migration dynamics as a control of floodplain biodiversity, the roughness effects of woody riparian vegetation, and hydrological influences on floodplain ecology. His interests also range from the more philosophical aspects of field-based environmental research, to the application of research to practical problems (in, for example, Honduras, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Thailand, as well as in the UK and Europe).

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