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Chapter 18: Geomorphic Engineering
Concepts of environmental geomorphology and geomorphic engineering were introduced to headline ways in which geomorphological research can be directly relevant to environmental management and planning. They provide a focus for applied research embracing environmental auditing, impacts, evaluation and prediction/design, with many successful applications now demonstrated and core skills recognized. Further potential for geomorphic engineering could reinforce a holistic approach that positions specific problems in their spatial and temporal contexts
In 1976, Coates (1976a: 6) advocated a field of geomorphic engineering as combining ‘the talents of the geomorphology and engineering disciplines … The geomorphic engineer is interested in maintaining (and working towards the accomplishment of) the maximum integrity and balance of the total land-water ecosystem as it relates to landforms, surface ...