The branches of the upper Rhine delta: channel incision and rapid bed surface coarsening

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


The fact that the upper Rhine delta is characterized by channel incision is fairly well known. This channel incision results from a decrease of the equilibrium channel slope. Only recently we have become aware that the bed surface sediment in the branches of the upper Rhine delta is coarsening with time rapidly. Within a period of only 20 years, the representative grain size of the bed surface sediment in the Bovenrijn has increased from 1 to 10 mm. This is an unprecedentedly rapid change. This bed surface coarsening appears to be the reason that the incising trend in the Bovenrijn stopped about 30 years
ago. The effect of bed surface coarsening is expected to be slowly migrating downstream and to increasingly affect the downstream Rhine branches. In her presentation Astrid Blom will address the causes and implications of both the channel incision and the rapid bed surface coarsening, as well as the effects of climate change on the upper Rhine delta.
Period1 Feb 2019
Event titleNCR Days 2019: Land of Rivers
Event typeConference
LocationUtrecht, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionNational