Mathematical models to assess stream dynamics

Laura Bittner, Yarko Nino, Marcelo Horacio Garcia

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A methodology is proposed to predict the behavior of meandering streams. Using a stream-shift model, lateral channel shift over a period of time is computed for several reaches with the help of aerial photographs. From this information, bank erosion coefficients are estimated and used to calibrate a bank erosion model for Illinois streams. The bank erosion formulation is coupled with a linear river-meandering model to analyze the behavior of streams over time. The results indicate that, in spite of their limitations, mathematical models can provide useful tools for the analysis of channel dynamics and more soundly educated stream engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages5
Editionpt 1
ISBN (Print)0784400377
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 ASCE National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering - Buffalo, NY, USA
Duration: Aug 1 1994Aug 5 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings - National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
Numberpt 1
ISSN (Print)1070-1559


OtherProceedings of the 1994 ASCE National Conference on Hydraulic Engineering
CityBuffalo, NY, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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