Longitudinal dispersion is one of the most important transport processes in fluvial ecosystems. It affects the transport of chemicals, nutrients, seeds, and wood debris along a river. The focus of this work is on the impact of riparian vegetation on the dispersion coefficient. The investigation considers stochastic forcing due to the river discharge randomness and its interplay with vegetation dynamics. A stochastic bio- hydrodynamical model is proposed and the probability distribution of the dispersion coefficient is obtained. The model allows one to elucidate the influence of (i) the vegetation characteristics, (ii) the probabilistic structure of the discharge time series, and (iii) the hydraulic characteristics of the transect. The work demonstrates the high variability of dispersion coefficients and the remarkable impact of riparian vegetation when medium/high discharges flow.
|Titolo:||Longitudinal dispersion in vegetated rivers with stochastic flows|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.advwatres.2010.03.003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|