Fluvial Systems in the Anthropocene: Innovative Methods for Analysing Biophysical Data in Rivers Co-evolving with Human Activities

Session ID#: 24427

Session Description:
Human actions over the last 100-300 years have become an integral if not dominant influence on the hydrology, geomorphology, and ecological functioning of fluvial systems. Analysing fluvial systems over such time-scales requires that human activities are considered along with natural factors during the diagnostic process, and that analyses are capable of locale-specific differentiation of cause and effect by integrating local- to catchment-scale drivers for change.  This challenge requires novel analytical methods applicable at spatial and temporal scales that are transitional between traditional process- and chronology-based approaches.  Progress is being facilitated by advances in remotely-sensed and passively-monitored data, enhanced ‘near-process’ modelling capabilities, novel uses of historical data and sediment archives, etc.  We invite contributions focusing on innovative methods for studying the co-evolution of river systems with human activities and natural drivers over decadal to centennial scales, as part of drawing together individuals interested in contributing to this challenging issue.
Primary Convener:  Peter W Downs, Plymouth University, Plymouth, PL4, United Kingdom
Conveners:  G Mathias Kondolf, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, Hervé Piegay, CNRS, Paris Cedex 16, France and Erin Beller, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA, United States
Co-Organized with:
Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, and Hydrology

  • B - Biogeosciences
  • H - Hydrology

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Maarten Bakker1, Anna Costa2, Tiago Adrião Silva3, Laura Stutenbecker4, S Girardclos5, Jean-Luc Loizeau3, Peter Molnar6, Fritz Schlunegger4 and Stuart N Lane1, (1)University of Lausanne, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, Lausanne, Switzerland, (2)ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland, (3)University of Geneva, Insitute F.-A. Forel, Geneva, Switzerland, (4)University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences, Bern, Switzerland, (5)University of Geneva, Genève, Switzerland, (6)ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland
Natalie Kramer1, Sara G Bangen1, Joseph M Wheaton1, Nicolaas Bouwes2, Eric Wall1, Carl Saunders1, Stephen Bennett1 and Stephen Fortney3, (1)Utah State University, Logan, UT, United States, (2)Utah State University, Providence, UT, United States, (3)Terraqua Consulting, Wenatchee, United States
Schmitt Laurent1,2, David Eschbach Sr.3, Jan-hendrik May4, Gwenael Imfeld1, Sylvain Payraudeau1 and Frank Preusser5, (1)University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg Cedex, France, (2)Laboratoire Image Ville Environnement (LIVE), UMR 7362 CNRS/ENGEES, LTER, ZAEU, Strasbourg, France, (3)Laboratoire Image Ville Environnement (LIVE), UMR 7362 CNRS/ENGEES, LTER, ZAEU; University of Strasbourg, LIVE, Strasbourg, France, (4)University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, (5)Stockholm University, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm, Sweden