(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Plants as river system engineers

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

GURNELL A. (1) ;
(1) School of Geography, Queen Mary Univ., London, ROYAUME-UNI


This paper reviews research that dates back to the 1950s on the geomorphological influence of vegetation within fluvial systems. During the late twentieth century this research was largely pursued through field observations, but during the early years of the twenty-first century, complementary field, flume and theoretical/modelling investigations have contributed to major advances in understanding the influence of plants on fluvial systems. Flume experiments have demonstrated the fundamental role of vegetation in determining river planform. At the same time, modellers have incorporated factors such as moisture-dependent plant growth, canopy and root architecture and their influence on flow resistance and sediment/bank reinforcement into morphodynamic models. Meanwhile, field investigations have revealed that vegetation has a far more important and complex influence on fluvial systems than previously realized


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2014, vol. 39, no1 [pp. 4-25]

Bibliographic references : 7 p.

Collation : 13 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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