Fluvial Geomorphology

Fluvial geomorphology is an area of science that considers a river in its natural state in relation to its geology and morphological changes that occur to its shape and form. The fluvial processes that occur in a river includes sediment deposition and erosion. Fluvial geomorphology considers these fundamantal sedimentation processes and the resulting changes to the channel patterns and land form. We, at HELM, leverage the science behind fluvial geomorphology to classify and quantify the washes and rivers to provide a better understanding of the natural tendency of these natural phenomena. This additional understanding of the river systems provides us with an enhanced ability to develop solutions that embrace nature and provide long-term sustainable benefits. We can perform a variety of analyses such as regime theory calculations to investigate and understand the natural long-term tendencies of a river system. A better understanding from such analyses can provide valuable insight into developing engineering solutions that work in sync with natural phenomena avoiding unintended side-effects. Fluvial geomorphology can also a play key role in Riparian/Stream Restoration activities.