EP019:
Global Floodplains and Valley Floors: An Examination of their State, Health and Dynamics





Session ID#: 22416

Session Description:
Alluvial floodplains and valley floors form as a result of fluvial processes or fluvial interaction with relict features. In their pristine state, these areas are important for maintaining the diversity of lentic, lotic and semi-aquatic habitats, associated with the natural flood pulse and intermittent flooding. However, in many instances form and function have been significantly altered following historic exploitation of the river and overbank areas, and management of the flow regime. This session calls for papers examining the current state of valley floors reviewing their form and function and the influence that fluvial processes have on maintaining overall system health. The session is open to all types of riverine valley floor environments exploring the diversity of this little documented component of the fluvial system. Papers are particularly welcomed on the wider impact associated with the loss of valley floor function and the science and practice around restoring/re-naturalising these systems.
Primary Convener:  David J Milan, University of Hull, Hull, HU6, United Kingdom
Conveners:  Neil Steven Entwistle, University of Salford, Salford, HD4, United Kingdom and George Leonard Heritage, Technical Director, Hydromorphology, Aecom, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Cross-Listed:
  • B - Biogeosciences
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
  • H - Hydrology
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Katherine Lininger1, Ellen Wohl2 and Dan Scott2, (1)Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, United States, (2)Colorado State University, Geosciences, Fort Collins, CO, United States
Rory Scott and Neil Steven Entwistle, University of Salford, Salford, HD4, United Kingdom
Sebastian Bentley, AECOM, Fort Collins, CO, United States
Jonathan A Czuba1, Scott Robert David2 and Douglas A Edmonds2, (1)Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, United States, (2)Indiana University, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Bloomington, IN, United States
Robert B Jacobson1, Edward A Bulliner IV1, Garth A. Lindner2, Craig Paukert3 and Kristen Bouska4, (1)U. S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia, MO, United States, (2)University of Missouri Columbia, School of Natural Resources, Columbia, MO, United States, (3)University of Missouri Columbia, Columbia, MO, United States, (4)U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, LaCrosse, WI, United States
Ellenor Barrow, University of Salford, Salford, HD4, United Kingdom
Neil Steven Entwistle, University of Salford, Salford, HD4, United Kingdom
Anna Wade, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States and Daniel deB. Richter Jr, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC, United States