Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
28 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 28 Mar 2024

A physics-based model for fluvial valley width

Jens Martin Turowski, Aaron Bufe, and Stefanie Tofelde


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1770', Sarah Schanz, 03 Oct 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1770', Sebastien Carretier, 07 Nov 2023
  • AC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1770', Jens Turowski, 18 Nov 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Jens Turowski on behalf of the Authors (18 Nov 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Dec 2023) by Simon Mudd
AR by Jens Turowski on behalf of the Authors (15 Jan 2024)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (18 Jan 2024) by Simon Mudd
ED: Publish as is (15 Feb 2024) by Tom Coulthard (Editor)
AR by Jens Turowski on behalf of the Authors (15 Feb 2024)  Author's response   Manuscript 

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Jens Turowski on behalf of the Authors (27 Mar 2024)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (27 Mar 2024) by Simon Mudd
Short summary
Fluvial valleys are ubiquitous landforms, and understanding their formation and evolution affects a wide range of disciplines from archaeology and geology to fish biology. Here, we develop a model to predict the width of fluvial valleys for a wide range of geographic conditions. In the model, fluvial valley width is controlled by the two competing factors of lateral channel mobility and uplift. The model complies with available data and yields a broad range of quantitative predictions.