Find out more about our guides on hydromorphology and how to get copies.
Hydromorphology is a term used in river basin management to describe the combination of hydrological and geomorphological (structural) processes and attributes of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters.
We have produced a river basin management guide to hydromorphology, which supports the first River Basin Management Plans, by providing additional information on hydromorphology in six separate documents. You should read these if you want to know what hydromorphology is and its role in the Water Framework Directive. The documents cover the following areas:
- How we identify heavily modified water bodies. A heavily modified water body is an existing body of water which has had its appearance significantly changed to suit a specific purpose. For example, a river water body which has undergone extensive re-alignment for navigation, or a flood-defended coastline.
- How we assess ecological potential.
- How we are improving our understanding of hydromorphology.
- How we set the objectives for hydromorphological improvement.
- How we are going to achieve the actions to improve hydromorphology.
- What mitigation measures will be put in place to achieve the objectives.
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