A Geomorphologic report to highlight the impacts of kayaking on the River Irwell

Townsend, Sophie (2013) A Geomorphologic report to highlight the impacts of kayaking on the River Irwell. [Dissertation]

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The implication of kayaking on rivers has never been greatly looked into, so a dissertation into the impacts that maybe faced following the continual use of a single river can be seen to fill this gap. To do this a geomorphologic survey has been completed in order to complete this research, such will combine fieldwork aspects as well as laboratory work in order to demonstrate the impacts that kayaking are having on rivers. The report is completed following 4 visits to the specific location over a year period. The location was visited on a number of occasions, June, September (2012) January and March (2013) The visits will show the changes that have occurred over the year in hope to see at what levels kayaking can be seen to impacted on such an environment. The location that has been chosen is due to the change of the use of the area, from an industrial background to that based on recreational activities. Over the time period that was provided only a small impact can be seen to have taken place, although prolonged use over many more years will seen a wider impact. This research can be used by many other parties in order to compare and contrast changes that can be seen to be occurring in other areas which are being impacted by the over use of others rivers. The aim of the study is to demonstrate what needs to be done, if anything in order to protect the River Irwell and other rivers from the impact of kayaking.

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