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River Architect

  • Author(s): Schwindt, S
  • Larrieu, K
  • Pasternack, GB
  • Rabone, G
  • et al.

© 2020 The Authors River design is often conceptually approached aiming at either physical channel stability or ecological functionality. We present a novel concept within an open-source software called River Architect that addresses both these goals and estimates costs. River Architect is flexible for site- and application-specific characteristics, with modules for the analysis and design of habitat-enhancing and channel-stabilising feature groups. Ecological assets are assessed as a function of a novel metric that incorporates the seasonal and discharge-dependent preferred habitat area of target species. Calculations of cost estimates and ecological efficiency are illustrated by an example in a gravel-cobble-bed river.

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