Articles | Volume 6, issue 3
Research article
25 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 25 Sep 2018

Scaling and similarity of a stream-power incision and linear diffusion landscape evolution model

Nikos Theodoratos, Hansjörg Seybold, and James W. Kirchner


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AR by Nikos Theodoratos on behalf of the Authors (20 Jul 2018)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (23 Jul 2018) by Jean Braun
ED: Publish as is (02 Aug 2018) by Niels Hovius (Editor)
AR by Nikos Theodoratos on behalf of the Authors (06 Aug 2018)
Short summary
We perform dimensional analysis on a frequently used landscape evolution model (LEM). Defining characteristic scales in a novel way, we significantly simplify the LEM and develop an efficient numerical modeling approach. Our characteristic scales are physically meaningful; they quantify competitions between landscape-forming processes and are related to salient properties of landscape topography. Dimensional analyses of other LEMs may benefit from our approach in defining characteristic scales.