(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Least action principle, equilibrium states, iterative adjustment and the stability of alluvial channels

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

NANSON G.C. (1) ; HUANG H.Q. (2) ;
(1) School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Univ., Wollongong, AUSTRALIE
(2) Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Anwai, CHINE


The energy based least action principle (LAP) has proven to be very successful for explaining natural phenomena. This paper briefly reviews its historical development and details how, in 3 ways, it governs the behaviour and stability of alluvial rivers. The paper focuses on the interpretation of how rivers adjust toward conditions that minimize change and maximize operational efficiency. Importantly, this study describes how iterative changes enable systems to achieve such a stable equilibrium


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 33, no6 [pp. 923-942]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 6 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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