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River Restoration: Managing the Uncertainty in Restoring Physical Habitat

Edited By: Stephen Darby and David Sear

315 pages, diagrams, illus

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Feb 2008 | #170412 | ISBN-13: 9780470867068
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River restoration projects are designed to recreate functional characteristics within a context of physical stability. They tend to focus on the development and application of geomorphic principles for river restoration design. Due to different models obtaining different results on the same problem, incomplete or absent data, and climatic/social/cultural changes, the designers and managers of such projects frequently face high levels of uncertainty.

This book provides a systematic overview of the issues involved in minimizing and coping with uncertainty in river restoration projects. A series of thematic sections is used to define the various sources of uncertainty in restoration projects and how these show at different points in the life cycle (design, construction and post-construction phases) of restoration projects. The structure of the book offers a rational theoretical analysis of the problem while providing practical guidance in managing the different sources of uncertainty. A wide range of case studies from Europe, North America and Australasia is included.


SECTION I: INTRODUCTION: THE NATURE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF UNCERTAINTY IN RIVER RESTORATION.Chapter 1: Scientific Uncertainty with Special Reference to River Restoration (J. Lemons and R. Victor).Chapter 2: Sources of Uncertainty in River Restoration Research (W. Graf).Chapter 3: The Scope of Uncertainties in River Restoration (J. M. Wheaton, S. E. Darby and D. A. Sear).SECTION II: PLANNING AND DESIGNING RESTORATION PROJECTS.Chapter 4: Planning River Restoration Projects: Social and Cultural Dimensions (G.M. Kondolf and C-N. Yang).Chapter 5: Conceptual and Mathematical Modelling in River Restoration: Do we Have Unreasonable Confidence? (M. Stewardson and I. Rutherfurd).Chapter 6: Uncertainty in Riparian and Floodplain Restoration (F. M. R. Hughes, T. Moss and K. S. Richards).Chapter 7: Hydrological and Hydraulic Aspects of Restoration Uncertainty for Ecological Purposes (N. J. Clifford, M. C. Acreman and D. J. Booker).Chapter 8: Uncertainty Surrounding the Ecological Targets and Response of River and Stream Restoration (M. R. Perrow, E. R. Skeate, D. Leeming, J. England and M.L. Tomlinson).SECTION III: THE CONSTRUCTION AND POST-CONSTRUCTION PHASES.Chapter 9: Constructing Restoration Schemes: Uncertainty, Challenges and Opportunities (J. Mant, R. Richardson and M. Janes).Chapter 10: Measures of Success: Uncertainty and Defining the Outcomes of River Restoration Schemes (K. Skinner, F. D. Shields, Jr. and S. Harrison).Chapter 11: Methods for Evaluating the Geomorphological Performance of Naturalized Rivers: Examples from the Chicago Metropolitan Area (B. L. Rhoads, M. H. Garcia, J. Rodriguez, F. Bombardelli, J. Abad and M. Daniels).Chapter 12: Uncertainty and the Management of Restoration Projects: The Construction and Early Post-Construction Phases (Brookes and H. Dangerfield).SECTION IV: UNCERTAINTY AND SUSTAINABILITY: RESTORATION IN THE LONG TERM.Chapter 13: The Sustainability of Restored Rivers: Catchment-Scale Perspectives on Long-term Response (K. J. Gregory and P. W. Downs).Chapter 14: Uncertainty and The Sustainable Management of Restored Rivers (M. D. Newson and M. J. Clark).

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