(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Fluvial sediment budget of a modern, restrained river : The lower reach of the Rhine in Germany

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Inst. of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resouces Management, RWTH, Aachen, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Dept. of Groundwater, Geology and River Morphology, Federal Inst. of Hydrology, Koblenz, ALLEMAGNE


The aim of this study was to quantify the downstream fluxes of clay, silt, sand, gravel and cobbles through the Rhine between 1991 and 2010 and to identify the sources and sinks of these sediments. This was done by analysing a unique dataset containing thousands of sediment transport measurements and by evaluating the sediment budget. It is highlighted that 68% of gravel and sand flux is caused by anthropogenic bed erosion and gravel supply. Sediment fluxes change abruptly where the river bed becomes sandy. Bed erosion is high in areas with shallow Tertiary sand or mining-induced subsidence. Transfer rate of sand and gravel to the Rhine delta did not change despite human impact


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, no122 [pp. 91-102]

Bibliographic references : 29 ref.

Collation : 17 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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