River science laboratory

The River Science Laboratory (RSL) supports our experimental research at the interface of river geomorphology, freshwater ecology and open-channel hydraulics.

It houses two 10m long, tilting, glass-sided flumes (one 300mm wide, one 600mm wide) capable of recirculating fine sediment and with a variable-speed sediment feed system. Instrumentation for measuring flow hydraulics and bed morphology includes a Dantec Particle Image Velocimetry system, Acoustic Doppler Velocimeters, and a traverse-mounted laser scanner.

A particular focus in the RSL is on interactions between living organisms, near-bed hydraulics and sediment transport. The lab is therefore equipped with suitable aquaria and environmental controls to ensure excellent husbandry of plants, fish, crustacea and invertebrates.

Ecogeomorphology and Ecohydraulics

Postgraduate researcher, James Smith, investigating the effects of turbidity on sight-feeding by roach.

Sediment Transport

Dr Annie Ockelford conducting NERC-funded experiments to investigate the formation of bed-sediment structures in gravel-bed rivers.

Undergraduate Learning

Students investigating the development of bedforms in sand-bed rivers.