2023-2024 / GEOG0204-2

Fluvial geomorphology and hydrography


20h Th, 15h Pr, 3d FW

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geography : general3 crédits 


Geoffrey Houbrechts

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1) Rivers: the hydraulics and mechanics of open channel flow, sediment transport processes, falls and bedrock-channels; channel gradient and the long profile, incised and entrenched meanders; meandering river channels and floodplains, braided and anastomosed channels, alluvial fan model and deltas; river channel changes : adjustments of equilibrium, terraces; captures; networks and drainage patterns, antecedent rivers, surimposed rivers

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To study the large mechanisms of the fluvial geomorphology : evolution of the landforms (forms and processes) and the main topic, the rivers :erosion and sediment transport processes, rivers pattern, evolution of the valleys (terraces, captures, antecedence, surimposition).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Fundamentals of geology and geomorphology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical works are based on analyses of topographic maps and aerial photographs, about incised meanders, meanders in floodplains, captures and terraces.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The method of teaching used is face-to-face. Attendance at classes and field trips is mandatory. Any absence must be justified (by a medical certificate, for example).

Recommended or required readings

Les Rivières : 135 pages + dossier de lecture 

Ouvrages de référence :

- Malavoi, J.-R & Bravard J.-P., « Éléments d'hydromorphologie fluviale. Édité par l'Onema (Office national de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques), 2010, 224 p. Online. 

- Bravard, J.P. & Petit, F. 1997 : Les cours d'eau : dynamique du système fluvial. Coll. U, A. Colin, Paris, 222 p.
- Coque, R. 1977 : Géomorphologie. Coll. U, A. Colin, Paris, 430 p.
- Derruau, M. 1994 : Les formes du relief terrestre. Masson, Paris, 115 p.

- Hugget R.J. 2003 : Fundamentals of Geomorphology. Routledge Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Routledge, London, 386 p.

- Tricart, J. 1977 : Précis de Géomorphologie. Sedes, Paris, 345 p.

Syllabus and copy of power point slides are available. Papers are accessible by ORBI

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

First session :

Theoretical course: written examination.

Practical works: written examination


Second session : 

Theoretical course: oral examination. 

Practical works: written examination

In case of failure, no partial exemption will be granted. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

3 field trip days are organised in May


Département de Géographie, Institut de Géographie, Bât. B11, 4000 Liège 1 (Sart Tilman) Secrétariat du Département : +32(0)4/366.54.78 - Geoffrey HOUBRECHTS : Tél. : +32(0)4/366.52.57 - e-mail : G.Houbrechts@ulg.ac.be

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