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Strategic catchment planning is essential for delivering successful river restoration and natural flood management projects. However, it is not always a straightforward task and is easy to get wrong. This one-day course will introduce participants to a methodology for developing a catchment-wide restoration plan which will help to identify and diagnose pressures and impacts, develop catchment-wide objectives and prioritise restoration projects. You will learn how to develop a strategic plan as well as learn from where other projects have gone wrong.
This practical one-day overview course will introduce participants to hydromorphology. The course will cover aspects of geomorphology and hydrology, and will enable improved outcomes in the related fields of river restoration, green infrastructure for bank protection, ecology and natural flood management (NFM). The course is open to all practitioners with an interest in hydromorphology and river restoration, and will not require significant prior knowledge of these topics. This course is suitable for consultants, contractors, academics, catchment partners, and representatives from local authorities, local government and statutory agencies.
The hydromorphology for river restoration (Level 2) will build on the Introduction to Hydromorphology course and provide more in-depth knowledge of hydromorphological driver/process/form/pressure interaction and how they apply to river restoration. Participants will be introduced to detailed hydromorphological concepts such as river types, sediment transport and channel adjustment using evidence taken from the literature and interactive break-out sessions. The relevance of these concepts to river restoration planning and delivery will be discussed and participants will work in groups to apply their knowledge to a case study. Please note there is no site visit for this course.
Requirements: participants should have attended the Introduction to Hydromorphology (Level 1) course, or the River Habitat Survey Certification course, or demonstrate equivalent knowledge. There will be no complex processing of data, calculations or software used as part of this course.
There is a lot of information you can look at prior to heading out on site, to provide you with a better understanding of your catchment, target your field surveys and identify potential restoration measures. This one-day course will help you find, collate, display and interpret existing data for your river restoration projects or catchment strategy. Existing data on water quality, habitat, land use etc. provide evidence and justification for projects and help target field work and restoration action. As part of the course, we will discuss the data required to achieve project priorities, we will show you how to find, download and display available datasets, and help you analyse them and produce meaningful outputs. We will use a case study example to practice and demonstrate how to apply a desktop assessment to pressure and impact evaluation for building a river restoration strategy. This course is open to anybody with a basic knowledge in river restoration and hydromorphology. Although not required, prior attendance of the Introduction to Hydromorphology (Level 1) course or the Developing a Catchment-wide restoration plan course can be beneficial. No prior knowledge of GIS or data analysis techniques is required for the course.
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