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Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery (2019)
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Strick, R. J., Ashworth, P. J., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Nicholas, A. P., Best, J. L., Lane, S. N., …Dale, J. (2019). Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery. Earth surface processes and landforms : the journal of the British Geomorphological Research Group, 44(4), 953-972. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4558

Images from specially‐commissioned aeroplane sorties (manned aerial vehicle, MAV), repeat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveys, and Planet CubeSat satellites are used to quantify dune and bar dynamics in the sandy braided South Saskatchewan River, C... Read More

On the causes of pulsing in continuous turbidity currents (2018)
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Kostaschuk, R., Nasr-Azadani, M. M., Meiburg, E., Wei, T., Chen, Z., Negretti, M. E., …Parsons, D. R. (2018). On the causes of pulsing in continuous turbidity currents. Journal of geophysical research. JGR. Earth surface, 123(11), 2827-2843. doi:10.1029/2018JF004719

Velocity pulsing has previously been observed in continuous turbidity currents in lakes and reservoirs, even though the input flow is steady. Several different mechanisms have been ascribed to the generation of these fluctuations, including Rayleigh‐... Read More

Controls on mud distribution and architecture along the fluvialto- marine transition (2018)
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van de Lageweg, W. I., Braat, L., Parsons, D. R., & Kleinhans, M. G. (2018). Controls on mud distribution and architecture along the fluvialto- marine transition. Geology, 46(11), 971-974. doi:10.1130/G45504.1

© 2018 Geological Society of America. The interaction of marine (tides and waves) and fluvial processes determines the sedimentary fill of coastal systems in the fluvial-tomarine (FTM) transition zone. Despite frequent recognition of tidal and wave i... Read More

Hydrodynamic modelling of tidal-fluvial flows in a large river estuary (2018)
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Sandbach, S., Nicholas, A., Ashworth, P., Best, J., Keevil, C., Parsons, D., …Simpson, C. (2018). Hydrodynamic modelling of tidal-fluvial flows in a large river estuary. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 212, 176-188. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.06.023

© 2018 The Authors The transition between riverine and estuarine environments is characterised by a change from unidirectional to bidirectional flows, in a region referred to herein as the Tidally-Influenced Fluvial Zone (TIFZ). In order to improve o... Read More

How to recognize crescentic bedforms formed by supercritical turbidity currents in the geologic record: Insights from active submarine channels (2018)
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Hage, S., Cartigny, M. J., Clare, M. A., Sumner, E. J., Vendettuoli, D., Clarke, J. E., …Vellinga, A. J. (2018). How to recognize crescentic bedforms formed by supercritical turbidity currents in the geologic record: Insights from active submarine channels. Geology, 46(6), 563-566. doi:10.1130/G40095.1

© 2018 Geological Society of America. Submarine channels have been important throughout geologic time for feeding globally significant volumes of sediment f rom land to the deep sea. Modern observations show that submarine channels can be sculpted by... Read More

Low-angle dunes in the Changjiang (Yangtze) Estuary: Flow and sediment dynamics under tidal influence (2018)
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Hackney, C. R., Hu, H., Wei, T., Yang, Z., Hackney, C., & Parsons, D. R. (2018). Low-angle dunes in the Changjiang (Yangtze) Estuary: Flow and sediment dynamics under tidal influence. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 205, (110-122). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2018.03.009. ISSN 0272-7714

It has long been highlighted that important feedbacks exist between river bed morphology, sediment transport and the turbulent flow field and that these feedbacks change in response to forcing mechanisms. However, our current understanding of bedform... Read More

A General Model for the Helical Structure of Geophysical Flows in Channel Bends (2017)
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Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M. J. B., Sumner, E. J., Clare, M. A., Talling, P. J., Parsons, D. R., & Cooper, C. (2017). A General Model for the Helical Structure of Geophysical Flows in Channel Bends. Geophysical research letters, 44(23), (11,932-11,941). doi:10.1002/2017gl075721. ISSN 0094-8276

Meandering channels formed by geophysical flows (e.g., rivers and seafloor turbidity currents) include the most extensive sediment transport systems on Earth. Previous measurements from rivers show how helical flow at meander bends plays a key role i... Read More

Newly recognized turbidity current structure can explain prolonged flushing of submarine canyons (2017)
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Azpiroz-Zabala, M., Cartigny, M. J. B., Talling, P. J., Parsons, D. R., Sumner, E. J., Clare, M. A., …Pope, E. L. (2017). Newly recognized turbidity current structure can explain prolonged flushing of submarine canyons. Science Advances, 3(10), (e1700200). doi:10.1126/sciadv.1700200. ISSN 2375-2548

Seabed-hugging flows called turbidity currents are the volumetrically most important process transporting sediment across our planet and form its largest sediment accumulations. We seek to understand the internal structure and behavior of turbidity c... Read More

Nonlinear Modeling and Verification of a Heaving Point Absorber for Wave Energy Conversion (2017)
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Gilbert, J., Guo, B., Jin, S., Parsons, D., & Patton, R. (2017). Nonlinear Modeling and Verification of a Heaving Point Absorber for Wave Energy Conversion. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 9(1), (453-461). doi:10.1109/tste.2017.2741341. ISSN 1949-3029

Although the heaving Point Absorber (PA) concept is well known in wave energy conversion research, few studies focus on appropriate modelling of non-linear fluid viscous and mechanical friction dynamics. Even though these concepts are known to have n... Read More

An evaluation of the use of a multibeam echo-sounder for observations of suspended sediment (2017)
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Simmons, S. M., Parsons, D. R., Best, J. L., Oberg, K. A., Czuba, J. A., & Keevil, G. M. (2017). An evaluation of the use of a multibeam echo-sounder for observations of suspended sediment. Applied acoustics. Acoustique appliqué. Angewandte Akustik, 126, (81-90). doi:10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.05.004. ISSN 0003-682X

The theory relating the acoustic backscatter from suspended sediments to the mass concentration of particles has been developed over several decades and is now routinely applied to provide measurements for commercial and scientific applications. Sing... Read More

Fluvial sediment supply to a mega-delta reduced by shifting tropical-cyclone activity (2016)
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Darby, S. E., Hackney, C. R., Leyland, J., Kummu, M., Lauri, H., Parsons, D. R., …Aalto, R. E. (2016). Fluvial sediment supply to a mega-delta reduced by shifting tropical-cyclone activity. Nature, 539(7628), (276-279). doi:10.1038/nature19809. ISSN 0028-0836

© 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved. The world's rivers deliver 19 billion tonnes of sediment to the coastal zone annually, with a considerable fraction being sequestered in large deltas, home to over 500... Read More