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Selasa, 14 Agustus 2012

Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments Edited by Michael Church, Pascale Biron & André Roy - Book review

Gravel Bed Rivers

Processes, Tools, Environments

Edited by: Michael Church, Pascale M. Biron, André Roy

Published: February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 580 pages
ISBN-10: 0470688904
ISBN-13: 978-0470688908
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

"The workshop was designed to present an authoritative review of recent progress in understanding the morphology and processes in gravel bed rivers, a review that you have in your hands",write editors Michael Church, of the Department of Geography a the University of British Columbia; Pascale M. Biron, of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University; and André Roy, of the Département de géographie à l'Université de Montréal; in their comprehensive and definitive book Gravel Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. The editors provide an anthology of articles, from world renowned experts, on the processes, tools, and environments related to the study and understanding of the nature and morphology of gravel bed rivers.

Michael Church (photo left), Pascale Biron, and André Roy provide the papers and presentations, on a very wide range of topics relating to gravel bed rivers, compiled from the 7th International Gravel Bed Rivers Workshop, held at Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada from September 6 - 10, 2010. The papers, written by international authorities on the topics, are collected as chapters in the book. The first of the three themes include processes, which include the understanding of the fundamentals of gravel bed rivers. The second theme is tools for observing and measuring, the various instrument, as well as advances in remote sensing technology. The third of the three themes is environment, focusing on the very diverse conditions that create rivers that flow over coarse grained materials.

Pascale Biron (photo left), André Roy, and Michael Church offer additional themes to the ones listed in the book title as well. The contributions include a study of river ice, dams for hydro-electric power generation, and the environment of the rivers for fish. The editors also include a report on tectonic basin of the St. Lawrence River opposite the host site of Tadoussac.

The editors divide the contributed papers into the following categories within the overall framework of the book:

* Secondary flows in rivers
* Sediment transport
* Modelling morphodynamics
* River restoration and regulation
* Ecological aspects of gravel-bed rivers
* Tools for study
* Steep channels
* Semi-alluvial channels
* River channel change
* Ice in gravel-river beds

For me, the power of the book is how editors André Roy (photo left), Michael Church, and Pascale Biron offer a wide range of well researched articles, that summarize the most recent research findings and state of knowledge, on the subject of gravel-bed rivers. The chapters were specially commissioned to share the advances in knowledge in the field.

The chapters are arranged logically to follow in sequence from hydraulics, sediment transport, river morphology, tools and methods, and applications of science. The various chapters are divided into overview sections for ease of study within a specialized area of interest. The topics covered are both fundamental and applied research into gravel-bed rivers.

I highly recommend the landmark and very accessible book Gravel Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments edited by Michael Church, Pascale Biron, and André Roy, to any river engineers, geomorphologists, environmental groups, policy makers, industry leaders, river managers, and advanced students who are seeking a complete overview of the latest knowledge in the processes, tools, and environments of gravel-bed rivers. This book provides the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of information and research available, and is definitely a landmark publication.

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