Geologic and Geomorphic Controls on Bank Erosion

by S. A. Schumm, Water Engineering & Technology, Inc, United States,
Colin R. Thorne, Water Engineering & Technology, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Bank erosion is affected by both geologic (alluvial stratigraphy, sediment type, tectonics) and geomorphic (channel and valley morphology and history) variables. For example, present meander morphology often provides a means of predicting future rates and locations of bank erosion. Complications exist owing to the lateral and vertical variability of valley alluvium, but nevertheless, geomorphic studies can provide a basis for prediction and control.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Alluvial channels | Hydraulics | Geomorphology | Meandering rivers and streams | River bank stabilization

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