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Geomorphology and American dams : the scientific, social, and economic context

Dams and geomorphology. Special issue

Auteurs :
GRAF, W.L.
BEYER, P.J.

Description :
This paper emphasizes the downstream effects of dams. In the scientific context, present research is embedded in a history of geomorphology in government service, with indistinct boundaries between basic and applied research. The federal policy that most strongly influences present geomorphological investigations connected with dams is related to habitat for endangered species, because the biological aspects of ecosystems are directly dependent on the substrate formed by the sediments and landforms that are influenced by dams. The economic context for research includes large amounts of public funds for river restoration, along with substantial private investments in dams. The cultural context for research is highly contentious and dominated by advocacy procedures.


Type de document :
Article de monographie

Source :
Geomorphology (Amsterdam), issn : 0169-555X, 2005, vol. 71, n°. 1-2, p. 3-26, nombre de pages : 24, Collation : Illustration, Références bibliographiques : 93 ref.

Date :
2005

Editeur :
Pays édition : Pays-Bas, Amsterdam, Elsevier

Langue :
Anglais
Droits :
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