Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-11-1-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-11-1-2023
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04 Jan 2023
Research article |  | 04 Jan 2023

Coupling between downstream variations of channel width and local pool–riffle bed topography

Shawn M. Chartrand, A. Mark Jellinek, Marwan A. Hassan, and Carles Ferrer-Boix

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Rivers with alternating patterns of shallow and deep flows are commonly observed where a river widens and then narrows, respectively. But what if width changes over time? We use a lab experiment to address this question and find it is possible to decrease and then increase river width at a specific location and observe that flows deepen and then shallow consistent with expectations. Our observations can inform river restoration and climate adaptation programs that emphasize river corridors.