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Large wood in river restoration and management

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Large wood in river restoration and management

Royal Geographical Society, London

27 Sep 2017

This one-day workshop, sponsored by the British Society for Geomorphology and the Royal Geographical Society (with IGB), brought together academics, river managers, restoration practitioners and consultants for an in-depth discussion on large wood, fluvial geomorphology and river restoration. Wood is a normal component of river systems. Trees and branches fall naturally into rivers with generally positive impacts on river flow variations, geomorphic feature creation and ultimately ecological habitats. However wood can also cause or exacerbate flood and infrastructure maintenance problems, and attention must be given to how wood is used in river restoration and management.

The aim of the sand-pit style event was to share the latest science and best-practice to produce a science-informed overview of the benefits and risks of incorporating large wood into the restoration of rivers. The event started with keynote talks on wood in rivers from different perspectives: environmental regulators, consultants, restoration practitioners, and forestry. Then the thirty invited participants, representing a cross-section of the sectors, delved into a series of activities to share ‘what we know’ and ‘what we need to now’ about wood in rivers. A series of publications are planned on the geomorphic impact of wood and its potential to reinstate natural river processes and develop landforms in the medium-term, to promote sustainable and cost-effective restoration.

The event was organised by Prof Angela Gurnell (QMUL) and Dr Robert Grabowski (Cranfield University).

Pdfs of some of the keynote presentations can be downloaded below: