(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

An integral approach to bedrock river profile analysis

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PERRON T. (1) ; ROYDEN L. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Inst. of Technology, Cambridge, ETATS-UNIS


Bedrock river profiles are often interpreted with the aid of slope-area analysis, but noisy topographic data make such interpretations challenging. The AA. present an alternative approach based on an integration of the steady-state form of the stream power equation. The main component of this approach is a transformation of the horizontal coordinate that converts a steady-state river profile into a straight line with a slope that is simply related to the ratio of the uplift rate to the erodibility. The transformed profiles, called chi plots, have other useful properties, including co-linearity of steady-state tributaries with their main stem and the ease of identifying transient erosional signals. They illustrate these applications with analyses of river profiles extracted from digital topographic datasets


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 38, no6 [pp. 570-576]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 4 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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