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Modelling the interaction of aeolian and fluvial processes with a combined cellular model of sand dunes and river systems

Liu, Baoli; Coulthard, Tom J

Authors

Baoli Liu



Abstract

Aeolian and fluvial processes are important agents for shaping the surface of the Earth, but are largely studied in isolation despite there being many locations where both processes are acting together and influencing each other. Using field data to investigate fluvial-aeolian interactions is, however, hampered by our short length of record and low temporal resolution of observations. Here we use numerical modelling to investigate, for the first time, the interplay between aeolian (sand dunes) and fluvial (river channel) processes. This modelling is carried out by combining two existing cellular models of aeolian and fluvial processes that requires considerable consideration of the different process representation and time stepping used. The result is a fully coupled (in time and space) sand dune – river model. Over a thousand-year simulation the model shows how the migration of sand dunes is readily blocked by rivers, yet aeolian processes can push the channel downwind. Over time cyclic channel avulsions develop indicating that aeolian action on fluvial systems may play an important part in governing avulsion frequency, and thus alluvial architecture.

Citation

Liu, B., & Coulthard, T. J. (2017). Modelling the interaction of aeolian and fluvial processes with a combined cellular model of sand dunes and river systems. Computers & geosciences, 106, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2017.05.003

Acceptance Date May 8, 2017
Online Publication Date May 22, 2017
Publication Date 2017-09
Deposit Date May 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Computers & geosciences
Print ISSN 0098-3004
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 106
Pages 1-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2017.05.003
Keywords Aeolian processes, Fluvial processes
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/451448
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0098300416308500
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Modelling the interaction of aeolian and fluvial processes with a combined cellular model of sand dunes and river systems; Journal Title: Computers & Geosciences; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2017.05.003; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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