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Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design

July 31 – Aug 4, 2017 in Logan, UT

This course is intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in the appropriate context. Tools for estimating sediment supply at the watershed to reach level are applied in class exercises. Threshold and alluvial channel design methods are presented along with guidelines for assessing and incorporating uncertainty. The course balances advance reading, lecture, field work, and hands-on exercises for estimating sediment supply, calculating sediment transport rates, and forecasting channel response to water and sediment supply. This course is intended for participants who are familiar with basic principles of river geomorphology.

Topics include:
  • Assessment of sediment sources and sinks using historic data, remote sensing, and field observations
  • Threshold and alluvial channel models with guidelines for assessment and design incorporating uncertainty
  • Sediment transport calculations: challenges and methods, sediment rating curves, cumulative transport
  • Field measurement of sediment transport and guidance for different sampling approaches
  • Use of 1-d flow and transport models: using HEC-RAS for evaluation of flow competence and sediment transport capacity
  • Class project incorporating gravel augmentation into channel design for dynamic fish habitat
Principal Instructors:

Peter Wilcock (course director) – Professor and Head, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Tyler Allred -  Principal, Allred Restoration
Patrick Belmont – Assoc. Professor, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

Cost: $1850 ($1600 Early Bird Special if registered before May 31, 2017)
Cost includes lunch each day. Lodging (not included) available at the on-campus University Inn.

For questions about the course, contact Peter Wilcock ( or Patrick Belmont ( For logistics and registration questions, contact Enid Kelley (


River Restoration: Fluvial-Geomorphic and Ecological Tools

June 2018 in Provence, France

This shortcourse/workshop emphasizes understanding geomorphic process as a sound basis for planning and designing river restoration projects and programs, with specific applications and field visits to Mediterranean and mountain environments.  The course is in English, but draws heavily on innovative process-based river restoration and management experiences in France and elsewhere in the EU, complemented by experiences in North America.  Course materials include the reference texts Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition 2015) and Stream Restoration: a comprehensive guide to planning, implementation and evaluation (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), access to over 40 relevant papers and manuals on a password-protected site, and printed lecture and field trip notes.