Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Research article
21 Mar 2022
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2022

Morphodynamic styles: characterising the behaviour of gravel-bed rivers using a novel, quantitative index

William H. Booker and Brett C. Eaton

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Channel behaviour is a qualitative aspect of river research that needs development to produce a framework of analysis between and within types of channels. We seek to produce a quantitative metric that can capture how a channel changes using a pair of experiments and collecting easy to obtain data. We demonstrate that this new technique is capable of discerning between river types and may provide a new tool with which we may describe channel behaviour.