Introduction to River Engineering Resources
This website provides engineers with a one-stop shop for river engineering resources. The website provides links to key resources for river engineering analysis and design. It is intended as a tool for (1) practitioners, (2) researchers, and (3) aspiring river engineers.
These resources focus on engineering contexts of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport and geomorphology. Physico-chemical, biological, and social resources are complied incidentially. Resources are selected based on their relevance to river engineering projects and frequency in practice. To narrow the number of resources, the scope is limited to topics (1) within the stream corridor and (2) no larger in scale than a river reach (e.g., no watershed analyses or river networks).
River Engineering is the study and practice of human intervention between water and the landscape. River engineering projects are critical to managing water resources to meet a wide range of environmental, social, and economic needs. Over the last couple centuries, the science and practice has advanced from the improved understanding of technical processes. Additionally, river engineering has evolved into an inherently multi-disciplinary field. To help river engineers navigate centuries of river engineering science and practice, this website provides references and access to key resources.
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These are river engineering documents that describe the science or practice.
Examples: Textbooks, guidance manuals, evaluation criteria, design or procedural handbooks, evaluation or design checklists
River engineering ‘Resource Documents’ are categorized (4) ways
The structure and function of rivers form the basis for river engineering. It is fundamental to Evaluation (2), Design (3), and Actions/Goals (4).
The ‘Knowledge Base’ category is subdivided by science:
Analytical and empirical guidance for characterization of rivers.
The ‘Evaluation’ category is subdivided by topic:
Analytical, Empirical, and Analog guidance for developing designs.
The ‘Design’ category is subdivided by approach:
Natural Channel Design
Stable Channel Design
Threshold Channel Design
Alluvial Channel Design
Actions and Goals
Filtered materials from (1), (2), and (3) to accomplish specific tasks.
The ‘Actions and Goals’ category is subdivided by task:
Instream Habitat Improvement
Instream Species Management
Water Quality Management
Flood Risk Management (e.g., levees)
Beaver Dam Analog
Stage 0 Condition
Legacy Sediment Removal
Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance
These are river engineering data and tools that quantify a parameter or process for a given location.
Examples: Models or software, data repositories, web-based tools, engineering spreadsheets
River engineering ‘Data and Tools’ are categorized (5) ways
The ‘Data Sources’ category is subdivided by data type:
Soils and Geology
Hydrography and Floodplains
Topography and Bathymetry
The ‘Hydrologic Analysis’ category is subdivided by analysis type:
Visualizing time series
Ungaged – gage transfer, regional regressions
Bankfull regional curves
The ‘Hydraulic Analysis’ category is subdivided by analysis type:
Normal depth for 1D steady, uniform flow
Critical depth for 1D steady, uniform flow
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Stormwater and Pipe Flows
Hydraulic parameters (geometry, shear, power)
Simple backwater profiles
The ‘Sediment Transport’ category is subdivided by analysis type:
Particle size analysis
Pebble counts and bar samples
Sediment supply / yield
Sediment transport capacity
Bed and Bank Erosion
The ‘Geomorphic Analysis’ category is subdivided by analysis type:
Reference Reach Approach (Natural Channel Design)
Hydraulic geometry (bankfull)
Planform geometry (regime)
Bed evolution (Exner equations)
Channel change indices
Large Wood Design
The ‘Actions/Goals’ category is subdivided into:
Natural Channel Design (Analog Approach)