Modeling bed-material sediment transport on a river network

Jonathan A Czuba, Efi Foufoula, K. B. Gran, P. Belmont, P. R. Wilcock

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Understanding how river-channel processes aggregate at the watershed scale is becoming increasingly important for watershed managers. Here we describe a network-based framework for modeling sediment transport in a watershed that involves (1) decomposing the landscape into a connected network of elements including river channels, lakes, etc., (2) spatially and temporally distributing inputs of sediment according to a sediment budget, and (3) tracking these inputs through individual landscape elements via process-based time delays. The resulting bed-material sediment transport model described herein includes recurrent inputs informed by a sediment budget and also lake and in-channel storage with feedback between in-channel storage and channel slope. The model was used to simulate spatial and temporal bed-sediment depths on an entire river network at the watershed scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRiver Flow - Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2016
Subtitle of host publicationIowa City, USA, July 11-14, 2016
EditorsDan Hanes, Marcelo Garcia, George Constantinescu
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781317289128
ISBN (Print)9781315644479
StatePublished - Jun 22 2016
EventInternational Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2016 - St. Louis, United States
Duration: Jul 11 2016Jul 14 2016


OtherInternational Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, RIVER FLOW 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis

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