Applications for
Science and Teaching

Emriver Models for Public Outreach

We build our Emriver models to help people of all ages and backgrounds understand complex river behavior. Traditional lectures and static representations are often inadequate education methods because of oversimplifying the morphologic response of rivers to human practices such as channel straightening or bedload mining. Emriver models are powerful tools for conveying the complicated processes and responses of rivers. We often see people make great leaps in understanding by observing the models.

Emriver models can create dynamic conversations, encouraging community leaders to consider the value of rivers in the decisions they make. The models demonstrate river management practices that can be applied during construction or development projects, and during pre-disaster mitigation and post-disaster recovery.

Vermont Rivers and Roads Program

The Vermont Agencies of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, developed the Rivers and Roads Program using the Emriver Em2 geomodel to explain how rivers work and how to design, construct, and maintain roads and bridges to create greater river stability and more flood-resilient transportation infrastructure.

People often make great leaps in understanding the complicated processes and responses of rivers by observing the stream models.



– Erosion and deposition
                – Unintended effects of dredging
                – Rebalancing bank erosion rates
                – Weirs and impacts on river life