River Energy Auditing Scheme (REAS) for catchment flood management planning

N. P. Wallerstein, P. J. Soar, C. R. Thorne

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An approach is presented that aims to provide a quantitative geomorphological audit of a river system to facilitate channel management and to better inform catchment flood management planning. This is a strand of research currently being undertaken at the University of Nottingham, UK in its role as a member of the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium. The auditing system uses a broad scale method (that is flexible to data availability) to classify reaches as acting predominantly as sediment sources (eroding), pathways (transfer links) or sinks (depositing) over a period of years. This is achieved by estimating the difference in timeintegrated specific stream power between consecutive reaches to indicate potential continuity or imbalance in the sediment transfer system. A pilot study has been performed on the Hawkcombe Stream, Somerset, England. Initial results are encouraging and compare favorably with those of a previous geomorphological study that used the well-established Fluvial Audit technique.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRiver Flow 2006
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics
EditorsRui M. L. Ferreira, Elsa C. T. L. Alves, Joao G. A. B. Leal, Antonio H. Cardoso
PublisherCRC Press Inc
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429094033
ISBN (Print)9780415408158
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2006
EventInternational Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics - River Flow 2006 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 Sept 20068 Sept 2006


ConferenceInternational Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics - River Flow 2006


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