Long term effects of water mills on the longitudinal river profile and the trapping efficiency of floodplains

RM Frings, A.L. Maass, H. Schuttrumpf, Astrid Blom

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Abstract

Our results are confirmed by field observations in small streams (Fig. 1) in Western Europe. The calculated time scales suggest that bed erosion in rivers with formerly mill activity may continue for several hundreds of years. A comparison between water mill systems in Western Europe and the USA shows that, even though there are fundamental differences in water mill design, the morphological processes caused by the construction and the removal of water mills on both continents result in net incision of the river bed into the valley bottom, a reduced trapping efficiency of floodplains for suspended sediments, a terraced landscape, a disconnection of the floodplains from the river bed, and reduced floodplain inundation rates

Original languageEnglish
Pages178-178
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics: Back to Italy - Trento - Padova, Italy
Duration: 15 Sep 201722 Sep 2017
Conference number: 10
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Conference

Conference10th Symposium on River coastal and estuarine morphodynamics
Abbreviated titleRCEM2017
CountryItaly
CityTrento - Padova
Period15/09/1722/09/17
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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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