Geographia Polonica (2005) vol. 77, iss. 2

Human Activity Transforming and Designing River Landscapes: A Review Perspective

Kenneth John Gregory

Geographia Polonica (2005) vol. 77, iss. 2, pp. 5-20 | Full text

Where physical geography might go in the next fifty years can be contemplated froma review of how river channels have been studied in the last fifty years. The river landscape is abasis for introducing seven ways in which river landscapes have been studied and researched,culminating in an eighth holistic phase. Conclusions from studies of impacts of human activityprovide a basis for suggesting that physical geographers should be more concerned with the designof river landscapes and ways in which this might be achieved are suggested.

Keywords: river channels, river landscapes, river channel changes, landscape design, future physical geography

Kenneth John Gregory, School of Geography, University of Southampton Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom