CSP3210 - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology

Course CodeCSP3210
Course TitleApplied Fluvial Geomorphology

Registration open to FWS personnel only. All others, including DOI agencies, must register through Wildland Hydrology (Phone: 970/568-0003).

This introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of river behavior, the general principles of: fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, hydraulics, restoration, fish habitat improvement, riparian grazing management, and stream bank erosion. Applications of these principles are presented utilizing a stream classification system. Problem solving techniques for watershed management, riparian assessment, fish habitat structure evaluation, stream restoration, non-point source pollution and the integration of ecosystem concepts into watershed management are taught. A combination of both lecture and field applications are provided.

CSP3200 Stream Habitat Measurement Techniques


  • Discuss geomorphology and the role of the river including discharge and flood frequency, meander geometry/channel dimension and pattern, riffle/pool relations, bankfull discharge, and valley morphology;
  • Perform extrapolation and prediction of hydrologic characteristics including hydraulic geometry relations, basin character/discharge relations, and channel morphology as predictors;
  • Discuss sedimentation including role of sediment-aggradation/degradation processes, bedload/suspended load relations, sediment rating curves, stream flow relations to sediment size and load, and analysis and prediction;
  • Determine and define stream classification including purpose of classification, delineation criteria, influences, interpretations of stream types, and applications such as Manning’s roughness and riparian management guidelines;
  • Analyze watershed management implications including cumulative effects procedures (HYSED, WRENS, etc.), stream threshold concepts and procedures, and streamside management guidelines.

Target Audience:
Field staff involved in stream habitat assessment and restoration. This course is a pre-requisite to the CSP3310 River Morphology & Applications - Level II course.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours36
Course Content ContactGary Schetrompf: gary_schetrompf@fws.gov; (304) 876-7255; gary_schetrompf@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryEcology and Field Biology
Course FrequencyOnce per year
Registration LinkLMS
Extracted from DOI LEARN on10/27/2014 4:00:27 AM

Schedule:  CSP3210 - Applied Fluvial Geomorphology