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Floodplains: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Product Code: SP163
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by S. Marriott and J. Alexander
Publication Date: 14 October 1999
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Floodplains are an important functional part of fluvial systems. They absorb and gradually release floodwaters, filter contaminants from run-off, recharge groundwater, provide diverse wildlife habitats and are sites of sediment accumulation and storage. The relatively flat, generally fertile land with a readily available water supply has attracted considerable agricultural and urban development throughout the world; with the result that many floodplains' natural functions have been lost or damaged. Development and management of floodplains has tended to be rather piecemeal, often with a lack of regard for the critical roles they play in fluvial and ecological systems. To a large extent this has been due to an absence of communication between stakeholders, practitioners and scientists. In the rock record, fluvial sediments are host to economic accumulations of hydrocarbons, gold and other minerals. They also act as aquifers for the storage and transport of freshwater, though because of the filtering functions of the floodplain contaminants may reach dangerous levels. In order to extract minerals efficiently and to deal with potential pollution problems a better understanding of the whole fluvial system is required and until relatively recently the study of floodplain development has not been integrated.This book brings together papers on current themes by some of those at the forefront of research into the many aspects of modern floodplains, recent and ancient alluvial deposits. It shows the multidisciplinary nature of the subject and the value of interdisciplinary study. Readership: Geographers, Geologists, Ecologists, Environmental Engineers and Managers. Also as a secondary text for courses in fluvial geomorphology and aquatic ecology. Principle Authors: S. B. Marriott, University of the West of England, UK. J. Alexander, University of East Anglia, UK. A. P. Nicholas, Exeter University, UK. D. E. Walling, University of Exeter, UK. M. Van Der Perk, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. B. Gomez, Indiana State University, USA. W. M. Adams, University of Cambridge, UK. E. S. Andrews, Philip Williams & Associates, USA. N. E. M. Asselman, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. M. M. Schroor, Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment, The Netherlands. P. J. O’Donoghue, University of the West of England, UK. R. R. Boar, University of East Anglia, UK. A. Hassan, Environment and GIS Support Project for Water Sector Planning, Bangladesh. J. A. Cotton, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. M. Dinnin, University of Exeter, UK. S. Crooks, University of Reading, UK. A. V. Panin, Moscow State University, Russia. Y. Zhao, University of the West of England, UK. L. J. Bottrill, University of Exeter, UK. J.-P. Bravard, Universite Paris-Sorbonne, France. J. S. Bridge, Birmingham University, UK. V. P. Wright, Cardiff University, UK. P. J. McCarthy, University of Western Ontario, Canada. K. W. Liu, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-050-9
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-050-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 284
Weight: 1.00 kg

Contents

Introduction • Hydrodynamics of a floodplain recirculation zone investigated by field monitoring and numerical simulation • Flood behaviour of the Burdekin River, tropical North Queensland, Australia • Using fallout radionuclides in investigations of contemporary overbank sedimentation on the floodplains of British rivers • Source and fate of Chernobyl-derived radiocaesium on floodplains in Ukraine • Contribution of floodpain sequestration to the sediment budget of the Waipaoa river, New Zealand • Scientific and institutional constraints on the restoration of European floodplains • Identification of an ecologically-based floodway: the case of the Cosumnes river, California • The use of floodplain sedimentation measurements to evaluate the effects of river restoration works • Potential for floodplain rehabilitation based on historical maps and present day processes along the river Rhine, The Netherlands • Somerset levels and moors: buying off the presumptive rights of landholders to manage the land as they see fit • Variations in the quality of the thatching reed Phragmites australis from wetlands in East Anglia, England • Island topography mapping for the Brahmaputra-Jamuna River using remote sensing and GIS • Biotic response to late Holocene floodplain evolution in the River Irthing catchment, Cumbria • The contribution of a multiproxy approach in reconstructing floodplain development • A mechanism for the formation of overconsolidated horizons within estuarine floodplain alluvium: implications for the interpretation of Holocene sea-level curves • Historical background to floodplain morphology: examples from the East European Plain • Palaeochannels and groundwater storage on the North China Plain • Geochemical characteristics of overbank deposits and their potential for determining suspended sediment provenance; an example from the River Severn, UK • The CM pattern as a tool for the classification of alluvial suites and floodplains along the river continuum • Alluvial architecture of the Mississippi Valley: predictions using a 3D simulation model • Assessing flood duration gradients and fine scale environmental change on ancient floodplains • Floodplain palaeosols of the Cenomanian Dunvegan Formation, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada: micromorphology, pedogenic processes and palaeoenvironmental implications • Nature and distribution of heavy metals in the Natal Group, South Africa • Index

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