Topic: ‘The impact of geomorphic processes on shaping a fluvial environment.’

This session links with Core Unit 3 (Geographical Investigation and Skills) and will cover elements of all the main stages of the geographical investigation. Students will carry out fieldwork to investigate the impact of the geomorphic processes on the formation of a meander on a river site. They will examine and gain first-hand experience of how erosion, transportation and deposition contrast across the channel at a meander and how these differences affect the formation of the river channel shape and banks. Students will also be provided with our investigation booklet, designed to guide them through the process of completing their final report.

Standard day: 6 hours or Extended day: 8 hours

Example Timetable

Arrival and introduction (classroom)

  • Review of concepts, including expected changes in river variables across the channel at a meander. Initial recap of known fluvial processes which shape channels in river environments and their associated landforms. Assistance in preparation and planning of the GI given title.

Please note: Students should have covered fluvial processes in class prior to their visit.

  • Stage 1: Introduction: coverage of aims and objectives
  • Stage 2: Planning: discussion of site chosen, measurements to be taken, equipment and health and safety.


  • Students will visit 1 river site.  Measurements include:
    • Task 1: Measuring channel shape: width, depth & sinuosity.
    • Task 2: Investigate the geomorphic processes of transportation and deposition within the channel: velocity, bedload size/shape and suspended load.

Lunch (field centre)

  • Please advise students to bring a packed lunch with them as food is not available at the centre.

Gathering of data (classroom)

  • Students given the opportunity to write up the gathering of data section, including justifications, limitations and methodology. This is group work involving peer-reviews and assistance through methods.

Results, Conclusions and Evaluation (classroom) until departure

  • Tutor will lead discussion on what to include in the results section and key areas to focus on in the conclusion and evaluation sections.
  • Conclusions will be drawn upon results and meander theory. Locational differences, anomalies in data collected and expected outcomes from data analysis may also be discussed.
  • Graphs and in-depth conclusions included in extended day only.

Added value of this course

  • Develop personal skills
  • Have fun
  • Be inspired by a passion for the subject
  • Build friendships

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