(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2005)

Document title

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

published at : Dams and geomorphology. Special issue

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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


Thematical fascicle

published at : Geomorphology / ISSN 0169-555X

Editor : Elsevier, Amsterdam - PAYS-BAS (1987)

Millesime : 2005, vol. 71, no 1-2 [pp. 3-26]

Bibliographic references : 93 ref.



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