Surveyed and modelled one-year morphodynamics in the braided lower Tana River

Lotsari, Eliisa, Wainwright, David, Corner, Geoffrey D., Alho, Petteri and Kayhko, Jukka (2014) Surveyed and modelled one-year morphodynamics in the braided lower Tana River. Hydrological Processes, 28 4: 2685-2716. doi:10.1002/hyp.9750

Author Lotsari, Eliisa
Wainwright, David
Corner, Geoffrey D.
Alho, Petteri
Kayhko, Jukka
Title Surveyed and modelled one-year morphodynamics in the braided lower Tana River
Journal name Hydrological Processes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0885-6087
Publication date 2014-02-15
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/hyp.9750
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 2685
End page 2716
Total pages 32
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Field measurements and morphodynamic simulations were carried out along a 5-km reach of the sandy, braided, lower Tana River in order to detect temporal and spatial variations in river bed modifications and to determine the relative importance of different magnitude discharges on river bed and braid channel evolution during a time span of one year, i.e. 2008-2009. Fulfilling these aims required testing the morphodynamic model's capability to simulate changes in the braided reach. We performed the simulations using a 2-D morphodynamic model and different transport equations. The survey showed that more deposition than erosion occurred during 2008-2009. Continuous bed-load transport and bed elevation changes of ±1 m, and a 70-188-m downstream migration of the thalweg occurred. Simulation results indicated that, during low water periods, modifications occurred in both the main channel and in other braid channels. Thus, unlike some gravel-bed rivers, the sandy lower Tana River does not behave like a single-thread channel at low discharge. However, at higher discharge, i.e. exceeding 497 m3/s, the river channel resembled a single-thread channel when channel banks confined the flow. Although the spring discharge peaks caused more rapid modifications than slower flows, the cumulative volumetric changes of the low water period were greater. The importance of low water period flows for channel modifications is emphasized. Although the 2-D model requires further improvements, the results were nevertheless promising for the future use of this approach in braided rivers.
Keyword 2-D morphodynamic model
Braided river
River bed
Tana river
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 25 April 2013

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