Special Issue "Fluvial Systems and River Geomorphology"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 979

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Geomorphological Field Laboratory (GFL), Sandviksgjerde, Strandvegen 484, 7584 Selbustrand, Norway
Interests: geomorphology; hydrology; process monitoring; fluvial processes and forms; fluvial transport; drainage basin systems; sedimentary budgets; source-to-sink fluxes; denudation
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Dear Colleagues,

Fluvial drainage basins cover a significant portion of the Earth’s surface, and fluvial processes are crucial for shaping terrestrial landscapes. Fluvial systems play a major role in sediment connectivity from upland areas to oceans, affecting water resources, stream ecology, natural hazards and ecosystem services for mankind. As rivers convey water, eroded sediments, solutes and nutrients from the uplands and continents to the oceans, they exert fundamental control over the shape of the Earth’s surface. Accordingly, river systems are central to an understanding of the geomorphology of most terrestrial regions on the Earth.

In recent years, significant methodological and technological advances have provided the opportunity to study and quantify fluvial processes, fluvial landforms, and process–form interactions in great detail and high resolution across a wide range of different spatial and temporal scales.

This Special Issue seeks original research and review articles from interdisciplinary researchers working in field monitoring, experimental, remote sensing and various (numerical) modeling and dating approaches. It aims to further advance relevant methods and techniques and create new insights into fluvial sediment transport and morphodynamic functioning of fluvial systems, geomorphic processes during flood events and related hazard cascades, interactions between abiotic and biotic components within fluvial drainage basin systems, and short- to long-term evolution of fluvial landforms, rivers and drainage basin systems induced by different natural and anthropogenic drivers, as well as sustainable drainage basin management and river restoration.

Dr. Achim A. Beylich
Guest Editor

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  • drainage basin
  • fluvial processes
  • fluvial sediment transport
  • fluvial landforms
  • process-form interactions
  • morphodynamic functioning
  • sediment connectivity
  • natural and anthropogenic drivers
  • floods
  • sustainable drainage basin management
  • river restoration

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The Impact of Partial Deforestation on Solute Fluxes and Stream Water Ionic Composition in a Headwater Catchment
Water 2023, 15(1), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/w15010107 - 28 Dec 2022
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To ensure the good chemical status of surface water across Europe, it is necessary to increase research on the comprehensive impact of land use and land cover changes, i.e., deforestation, on the natural environment. For this reason, we used data from 9-year environmental [...] Read more.
To ensure the good chemical status of surface water across Europe, it is necessary to increase research on the comprehensive impact of land use and land cover changes, i.e., deforestation, on the natural environment. For this reason, we used data from 9-year environmental monitoring in the Wüstebach experimental catchment of the TERENO (Terrestrial Environmental Observatories) network to determine the impact of partial deforestation on solute fluxes and stream water ionic composition. In 2013, a partial deforestation experiment was conducted in the study area using a cut-to-length logging method. To this end, two headwater catchments were compared: one partially deforested (22% of the catchment area) and one untreated control catchment. The concentrations of ions in stream water, groundwater, and precipitation were analyzed: Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, Al3+, Fetot, Mn2+, NO3, SO4, and Cl. Most of the ions (Na+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Cl, and SO4) showed decreasing trends in concentrations after deforestation, indicating a dilution effect in stream water due to the reduction of the supply of solutes with precipitation in the open deforested area. The fluxes of these ions decreased by 5–7% in the first year after deforestation, although the stream runoff increased by 5%. In the second year, the decrease in ion fluxes was greater, from 6% to 24%. This finding confirms that only limited soil erosion occurred after the deforestation because the soil was well protected during logging works by covering harvester lanes with branches. Only K+ and NO3 ions showed increasing trends in both concentrations and fluxes in the partially deforested catchment in the first two to three years after deforestation. Spruce die-offs, common in Europe, may decrease the concentration and fluxes of base cations in surface water in a nutrient-limited environment. However, the simultaneous planting of young broad-leaved trees with post-harvesting regrowth could create a nutrient sink that protects the catchment area from nutrient depletion. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Floodplain-channel processes and landforms of the Anabranching Parana River, Argentina
Authors: Edgardo Latrubesse
Affiliation: https://www.uniparthenope.it/ugov/person/2679

Title: The impact of partial deforestation on solute fluxes and stream water ionic composition in a headwater catchment, Eifel Mts., Germany
Authors: Eliza Płaczkowska
Affiliation: https://www.igipz.pan.pl/member/show/eliza_placzkowska.html

Title: Contemporary changes in water flow, suspended sediment load, and erosion intensity in the Upper Dnieper River Basin (European Russia)
Authors: Artyom Gusarov
Affiliation: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Artem-Gusarov

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