River Bed Transport Related to Meander Migration Rates

by Charles R. Neill, (M.ASCE), Hydr. Engr.; Res. Council of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 4, Pg. 783-786

Document Type: Journal Paper


Many natural meandering rivers exhibit a systematic process of meander migration whereby the meander pattern sweeps down-valley. The sweep is accomplished by continual erosion on down-valley banks and deposition on up-valley banks. It is obvious that this process of channel shifting must give rise to a definite rate of transport of the eroded material. The present note attempts to demonstrate how inferring bed-material transport rates from maps estimates erosion volumes, and suggests some applications of the method.

Subject Headings: River and stream beds | Erosion | Transport rates | Materials processing | Meandering rivers and streams | River systems | Bed materials | Mapping

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