Live Course: Fluvial Geomorphology Essentials

Australian Water School Learn the basics of fluvial geomorphology, focussing on infrastructure crossings

Target Audience

This course is intended for anyone working in the water sector, that has no or very limited experience with fluvial geomorphology. In three sessions, you will learn the fundamentals of geomorphology, building on knowledge gained from the 'Geomorphology 101' Webinar.


Rivers change continuously. Fluvial Geomorphologists use landscape interpretation skills to understand form and process, both historically and into the future. This three-session course will be highly practical and includes a ‘virtual’ field trip visiting carefully selected case study sites and also physical model simulations to apply the knowledge taught to real-world situations.

There are readings before the live sessions (provided through the learning platform), with some videos to watch as introductory background. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions, via the initial survey. The learning platform will also include a folder of approximately 20 reading materials to view after the session.

Attendees earn CPD hours/points (ie with Engineers Australia) for at least 10+ hours for the entire course

Schedule Outline

Session 1 | 7th July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

  • Fluvial Geomorphology Fundamentals – Led by Mick Cheetham

Session 2 | 14th July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

  • Interpreting Hydraulic/Hydrologic Model Results for Geomorphic Analysis – Led by Ben Pearson

Session 3 | 21st July 2022, 10am – 12pm, Sydney time

  • Application including virtual field trip and perspectives from Industry/Govt – Led by Andy Markham

The sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform if you cannot attend live.

Learning Objectives

In the first session you will dive into the Geomorphology deep-end. Key application areas such as understanding geomorphological values and concepts such as dynamism and upstream-downstream processes will also be covered by our expert presenters.

In the second session, attendees will learn how to interpret hydraulic/hydrologic model results for geomorphic analysis using models such as HEC-RAS, TUFLOW, MIKE, 3D models, build an appreciation for the benefits of using models, understand some of the pitfalls of over-reliance on their outputs, and hear about their application from an engineer’s perspective.

The third session will involve a virtual field trip applying the tools and perspectives.