Issues in Laboratory Experiments of River Morphodynamics

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Laboratory experiments are key tools for the study of morphodynamic processes in rivers, complementary to numerical models and analytical descriptions. River systems are reproduced in the laboratory under strongly controlled conditions. This allows studying the effects of changing single variables on channel morphology. Because of their reduced scale, laboratory experiments present also reduced time scales and for this they also allow reproducing several scenarios in a relatively short time. Shortcomings are mostly related to the interpretation of the results at the real river scale, but also to the difficulty to properly measure some variables in strongly reduced settings. The present abstract presents these issues on the basis of personal experience gained in the laboratory at Delft Hydraulics and at the Technical University of Technology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics: Back to Italy - Trento - Padova, Italy
Duration: 15 Sept 201722 Sept 2017
Conference number: 10


Conference10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics
Abbreviated titleRCEM2017
CityTrento - Padova
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Host publication:The 10th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Trento-Padova, 15-22 September 2017, Book of Abstracts

Editors: Lanzoni, S., Redolfi, M., Zolezzi, G.
ISBN (Print): 978-88-8443-752-5


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