Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 67–86, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-67-2015
Earth Surf. Dynam., 3, 67–86, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-3-67-2015

Research article 28 Jan 2015

Research article | 28 Jan 2015

A reduced-complexity model for river delta formation – Part 1: Modeling deltas with channel dynamics

M. Liang et al.

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In this work we present DeltaRCM, a reduced-complexity model for river delta formation. It is a rule-based cellular morphodynamic model, in contrast to reductionist models based on detailed computational fluid dynamics. DeltaRCM is able to resolve channel dynamics and to produce stratigraphy. We also explain the meaning of complexity reduction, especially the essential processes to be included in modeling deltas.