Methodology for Geomorphic Assessment of Alluvial Channels in Oil Sands Region - A Case Study

Muhammad Ashiq, Saqib Ehsan


This paper explains procedure devised and used for the design of dynamic system for geomorphic studies in the Oil Sand Regions (northern Alberta, Canada), comprising Muskeg, and deals with geomorphic investigation, scientific issues and technical complexities, approach and methodology. Conventional approaches for design of reclamation drainage systems often provide rigid, non- erodible drainage facilities that are designed to handle specific extreme flood events. The alternative to rigid systems designed for specific extreme events is a dynamic system capable of accommodating evolutionary changes without accelerated erosion or unacceptable environmental impacts, a geomorphic approach. Development of this approach requires a comprehensive field investigation, afterward analysis and development of design equations for the design of streams to restore them back into preexcavation form - this study provides a systematic procedure to the solution.

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