(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Modelling the bulk flow of a bedrock-constrained, multi-channel reach of the Mekong River, Siphandone, southern Laos

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

VAN T.P.D. (1) ; CARLING P.A. (2) ; ATKINSON P.M. (2) ;
(1) School of Environment and Natural Resources, Can Tho Univ., Ho Chi Minh, VIET NAM
(2) Geography and Environment, Univ., Southampton, ROYAUME-UNI


The multiple channel network of the Siphandone wetlands in Laos, a section of the Mekong River, was modelled using a steady one-dimensional hydraulic model. The river network is characterized by a spatially-varying channel-form leading to significant changes in the bulk flow properties between and along the channels. The challenge to model the bulk flow in such a remote region was the lack of ideal boundary conditions. The flow models considered both low flow, high inbank and overbank flows and were calibrated using SPOT satellite sensor imagery and limited field data concerning water levels. The application of the model highlighted flow characteristics of a large multi-channel network and also further indicated the field data that would be required to properly characterize the flow field empirically : water surface slopes of the channels and in-channel hydraulic roughness coefficient


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no5 [pp. 533-545]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 12 fig., 10 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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