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28 Uncertain restoration of gravel-bed rivers and the role of geomorphology
Developments in Earth Surface Processes (2007)
  • Joseph M. Wheaton, Utah State University
  • David A. Sear
  • Stephen E. Darby
Abstract

River restoration projects in gravel-bed rivers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex as river managers and scientists attempt to deliver the goals of catchment-scale ecosystem restoration. With increased sophistication, come the dual challenges of recognizing and responding to the uncertainty inherent in the restoration process. Uncertainty is rarely explicitly recognised in current restoration projects and, where it is, the scope and definition are limited. In this paper we argue that uncertainty is a fundamental element of river restoration and that the sources of uncertainty are varied. A typology for understanding and communicating uncertainty in terms of these sources is presented. One of the myths surrounding uncertainty is the notion that being uncertain is the same as not knowing anything...

Publication Date
July, 2007
Citation Information
Joseph M. Wheaton, David A. Sear and Stephen E. Darby. "28 Uncertain restoration of gravel-bed rivers and the role of geomorphology" Developments in Earth Surface Processes Vol. 11 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joseph_wheaton/114/