QRiS - Riverscapes Studio - for QGIS


QGIS Riverscapes Studio or QRiS (pronounced curious) is brought to you for free by the Riverscapes Consortium. The goal is to make it quick and easy to capture geospatial data related to rivers, using consistent data formats, attributes and symbology.


We are grateful to generous grant support from early adopters for the vision behind the Riverscape Studio at the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife and Anabranch Solutions who funded the professional software development of QRiS. Without their support, this free software would not exist.

Anabranch Solutions
Working Lands for Wildlife

The US Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife and Anabranch Solutions were early supporters who paid for development of proof of concepts and Alpha pre-release versions of the code.

Specifically, the following supporters and visionaries behind the Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration made QRiS a reality by raising the funds to develop it.

QRiS Development Team

QRiS is developed by North Arrow Research. The QRiS Development Team is led by Philip Bailey (Owner of North Arrow Research and Adjunct Professor at Utah State University), Joseph Wheaton (Professor of Riverscapes at Utah State University) and Nick Weber (Anabranch Solutions). The initial plugin was set up by Kelly Whitehead and the early releases bringing the LTPBR design functionality were developed by Nick Weber. See Contributors on GitHub for the full list of code contributors to QRiS.


North Arrow Research and Anabranch Solutions collaborated to develop the QRiS plugin for QGIS.

For a complete list of developers and their contributions, see the QRiS Github repository.


QRiS development has been funded primarily by the Bureau of Land Management and Anabranch Solutions.This support has been through co-operative agreements between BLM and Utah State University, with subawards to North Arrow Research.