Are engineered river bifurcations susceptible to tipping?

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Typically the time scale of river response to change of the controls (i.e., flow duration curve, sediment flux, and sea level) is of the order of decades to centuries. Understanding temporal change and, in particular, abrupt change in channel response is increasingly important in engineered river systems, as abrupt change may negatively affect flood risk, navigation, and freshwater supply. The analysis of abrupt change in engineered systems with a bifurcation (i.e., a single channel splitting into two branches or bifurcates) is complicated by the fact that insight and measured data on the partitioning of water and sediment over the bifurcates are typically lacking. Our objective is to provide insight on whether observed abrupt change of the Pannerden bifurcation in the upper Rhine delta (Netherlands) may be associated with tipping.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event13th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics - University of Illinois campus, Urbana-Champaign, United States
Duration: 25 Sept 202328 Sept 2023


Conference13th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics
Abbreviated titleRCEM 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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