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Impact of sediment cohesion by root systems on river channel formation
Riparian woods have grown thickly and extensively at many places across Japan, and the current river environment is substantially different from what it was several decades ago (Figure 1). Because the riparian woods that have grown excessively disturb the flow of water during floods and also cause a significant change in the river environment, impacts of the excessive tree growth on flood control and river ecosystem have become issues of concern. It is known that flood control by means of dams, reductions of river widths due to river improvement works, and other factors have led to thick and extensive growth of riparian woods, but the process and the dominant factors of such growth have not been fully elucidated. In this connection, a vegetation prevalence model was developed in this study. This model takes into account the existence/non-existence of vegetation (i.e., willows) and the resistance of willows above ground and their root systems to flowing water and sediment transport at different tree growth stages. The growth increment regarding various parts of a willow tree is estimated on the basis of the tree age. In the vegetation prevalence model, willows' resistance to flowing water and sediment transport is varied with time to simulate each growth stage. The vegetation prevalence model was incorporated into a riverbed evolution analysis model for analyzing the mechanism and the contributing factors of thick and extensive vegetation growth.
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Article : Sediment management and morphodynamics
Date Published : 01/10/2015
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