Fluvial Processes in Braided Rivers

Braided rivers are characterized by an unstable network of multiple channels and very active channel processes

Nicola Surian

2015

Scholarcy highlights

  • Braided rivers are characterized by an unstable network of multiple channels and very active channel processes
  • They can be found in different climate regions and physiographic settings
  • This chapter aims to summarize the present knowledge about braided rivers and to point out some gaps that still require further research
  • The first part of the chapter focuses on channel processes while the second part deals with channel changes through time
  • The second part deals with the evolution of braided rivers, mainly in response to human alteration of fluvial systems, over some decades up to some centuries
  • Several open questions still remain and future research should address aspects such as metrics used to characterized braided rivers, measurements of flow and sediment transport, and prediction of future channel evolution

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