Special Issue "Recent Advances on Sediment Transport and River Morphodynamics"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 November 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Simona Francalanci
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale (DICEA), University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Interests: sediment transport processes; river morphodynamics; riparian vegetation; bank erosion processes; vegetation; experimental and numerical hydraulic modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The linkage between sediment transport processes and morphodynamics is one of the most fascinating and challenging topics in river hydraulics, which has drawn the attention of many researchers in the last few decades.

This Special Issue moves from the knowledge of basic processes regarding sediment transport and river morphodynamics towards the most recent advances in this field; contributions on, but not limited to, the following specific subjects are welcome:

  • Sediment transport processes and sediment non-uniformity affecting river morphodynamics;
  • Evolution processes in natural rivers, such as sand and gravel bed rivers, and possible strategies for optimal management (e.g., gravel or sand nourishment, correction of morphology);
  • Morphodynamic processes in meandering and braided rivers;
  • Active dynamics in highly human impacted rivers, and optimal strategies for river restoration;
  • Bank erosion and/or bank accretion, and possible feedbacks with channel evolution;
  • The role of vegetation in shaping the river environment, and possible feedbacks with sediment transport and morphodynamics.

The submitted papers may favor the most suitable research approach or a combination thereof. The theoretical model, field or experimental investigations, and numerical modeling are encouraged; moreover, case studies can be included in the paper to highlight practical applications for river engineers and managers.

Dr. Simona Francalanci
Guest Editor

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  • Sediment transport 
  • Erosion and sedimentation processes 
  • Gravel and sand-bed rivers 
  • Meandering river 
  • Braided river 
  • Bank erosion processes 
  • Morphodynamic modeling 
  • Vegetation dynamics

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Stabilization of the Lower Jamuna River in Bangladesh—Hydraulic and Morphological Assessment
Geosciences 2021, 11(9), 389; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11090389 - 14 Sep 2021
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This paper presents a hydraulic and morphological analysis of the Lower Jamuna in Bangladesh with a focus on two key bifurcations that are important for stabilization of the Lower Jamuna reach. We used ground measurements, historical data, multispectral satellite images from various sources [...] Read more.
This paper presents a hydraulic and morphological analysis of the Lower Jamuna in Bangladesh with a focus on two key bifurcations that are important for stabilization of the Lower Jamuna reach. We used ground measurements, historical data, multispectral satellite images from various sources as well as numerical models. We carried out hydraulic analyses of the changes and their peculiarities, such as flow distributions at the bifurcation and hysteresis of the stage–discharge relationships. We supplemented our analysis by using numerical models to simulate discharge distribution at the bifurcations under various flow and riverbed conditions. We developed an advanced and automated satellite image processing application for the Lower Jamuna, referred to as Morphology Monitor (MoMo), using the Google Earth Engine. MoMo was found to be an effective tool for a rapid assessment and analysis of the changes in deep-channel and sandbar areas. It is also useful for monitoring and assessing riverbank and char erosion and accretion, which is important not only for morphological but also ecological impact assessment. The application can be adapted as an operational tool as well. Furthermore, we assessed the evolution of deep channels at the bifurcations based on regularly and extensively measured bathymetry data. The analysis was carried out in complement with morphological modeling, particularly for short-term prediction. In this paper we present the major findings of the analysis and discuss their implications for adaptive river management. Full article
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