Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 311–330, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-311-2017
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 311–330, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-311-2017
Research article
20 Jun 2017
Research article | 20 Jun 2017

A probabilistic framework for the cover effect in bedrock erosion

Jens M. Turowski and Rebecca Hodge

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Bedrock incision by rivers is driven by the impacts of sediment particles moved by the water flow. Sediment residing on the bed can protect the rock from impacts, thereby reducing erosion rates, a phenomenon known as the cover effect. The cover effect has been shown to be important in many field and laboratory experiments. Here, we develop a mathematical framework to describe the cover effect which can be used to compare data and to predict the extent of cover in streams.