(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

The stream power river incision model : evidence, theory and beyond

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LAGUE D. (1) ;
(1) Géosciences Rennes, Univ. Rennes 1, CNRS UMR 6118, Rennes, FRANCE


The stream power incision model (SPIM) is a cornerstone of quantitative geomorphology. It states that river incision rate is the product of drainage area and channel slope raised to the power exponents m and n, respectively. It is widely used to predict patterns of deformation from channel long profile inversion or to model knickpoint migration and landscape evolution. Numerous studies have attempted to test its applicability with mixed results prompting the question of its validity. This paper synthesizes these results, highlights the SPIM deficiencies, and offers new insights into the role of incision thresholds and channel width.


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. 38-61]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 8 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/esp.3462

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