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Research article
11 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 11 Sep 2018

Morphology of bar-built estuaries: empirical relation between planform shape and depth distribution

Jasper R. F. W. Leuven, Sanja Selaković, and Maarten G. Kleinhans

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This paper reports the along-channel variability in occurring bed levels as described by hypsometry in natural estuaries. We found a novel relation between the estuary planform shape and the hypsometric function shape, which implies that it is possible to characterise and predict subwater estuarine morphology and bed levels in data-poor environments.