Articles | Volume 6, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 583–594, 2018
Earth Surf. Dynam., 6, 583–594, 2018

Research article 25 Jul 2018

Research article | 25 Jul 2018

Evidence of, and a proposed explanation for, bimodal transport states in alluvial rivers

Kieran B. J. Dunne and Douglas J. Jerolmack


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AR by Kieran Dunne on behalf of the Authors (15 Feb 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Feb 2018) by Jens Turowski
RR by Andrew Wickert (17 Mar 2018)
RR by Shawn Chartrand (04 Apr 2018)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Apr 2018) by Jens Turowski
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (06 Jun 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (18 Jun 2018) by Tom Coulthard
ED: Publish as is (19 Jun 2018) by Andreas Lang(Editor)
Short summary
What controls the size and shape of a river – its width, depth, and slope? The cross-sectional channel geometry of gravel-bedded rivers is understood to be a function of the river's fluid shear stress and the weight of the average particle on its bed; however, there is no satisfactory explanation for sand-bedded rivers. We analyze global datasets and individual river profiles and propose that accounting for riverbank cohesion could allow for an explanation for sand-bedded river channel geometry.