102-0287-00L  Fluvial Systems

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersP. Molnar
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


102-0287-00 GFluvial Systems2 hrs
Thu12:45-14:30HIL E 6 »
P. Molnar

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course presents a view of the processes acting on and shaping the landscape and the fluvial landforms that result. The fluvial system is viewed in terms of the production and transport of sediment on hillslopes, the structure of the river network and channel morphology, fluvial processes in the river, riparian zone and floodplain, and basics of catchment and river management.
ObjectiveThe course has two fundamental aims: (1) it aims to provide environmental engineers with the physical process basis of fluvial system change, using the right language and terminology to describe landforms; and (2) it aims to provide quantitative skills in making simple and more complex predictions of change and the data and models required.
ContentThe course consists of three sections: (1) Introduction to fluvial forms and processes and geomorphic concepts of landscape change, including climatic and human activities acting on the system. (2) The processes of sediment production, upland sheet-rill-gully erosion, basin sediment yield, rainfall-triggered landsliding, sediment budgets, and the modelling of the individual processes involved. (3) Processes in the river, floodplain and riparian zone, including river network topology, channel geometry, aquatic habitat, role of riparian vegetation, including basics of fluvial system management. The main focus of the course is hydrological and the scales of interest are field and catchment scales.
Lecture notesThere is no script.
LiteratureThe course materials consist of a series of 13 lecture presentations and notes to each lecture. The lectures were developed from textbooks, professional papers, and ongoing research activities of the instructor. All material is on the course webpage.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Hydrology 1 and Hydrology 2 (or contact instructor).

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersP. Molnar
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Written aidsnicht-programmierbarer und nicht-kommunikationsfähiger Taschenrechner
non-programmable and communication-disabled calculator
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkFluvial Systems Web
RecordingFluvial Systems
Only public learning materials are listed.


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Offered in

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Environmental Engineering MasterEM: LandscapeWInformation
Environmental Engineering MasterEM: River SystemsWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterHydrology and Water CycleWInformation