Journal article

River Channel Relocation: Problems and Prospects

Alissa Flatley, Ian D Rutherfurd, Ross Hardie

WATER | MDPI | Published : 2018


River relocation is the diversion of a river into an entirely new channel for part of their length (often called river diversions). Relocations have been common through history and have been carried out for a wide range of purposes, but most commonly to construct infrastructure and for mining. However, they have not been considered as a specific category of anthropogenic channel change. Relocated channels present a consistent set of physical and ecological challenges, often related to accelerated erosion and deposition. We present a new classification of river relocation, and present a series of case studies that highlight some of the key issues with river relocation construction and perform..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank BHP-Billiton and the George Lansell Memorial Scholarship (the University of Melbourne) for financial assistance for this project. The authors wish to acknowledge the cartographic services of Chandra Jayasuriya for the production of Figure 5.