Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 789–808, 2020
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 789–808, 2020

Research article 23 Sep 2020

Research article | 23 Sep 2020

Morphometric properties of alternate bars and water discharge: a laboratory investigation

Marco Redolfi et al.

Data sets

Laboratory experiments on river alternate bars M. Welber, M. Redolfi, and W. Bertoldi

Model code and software

A Matlab code for computing the resonant aspect ratio and the critical aspect ratio for the formation of free alternate bars in alluvial rivers M. Redolfi

A Matlab function for the Fourier analysis of bed topographies of alternate bars in rivers M. Redolfi

Short summary
Alternate bars are large sediment deposits that tend to naturally form in rivers when the channel width is sufficiently large. Our laboratory experiments on a scaled model reveal that equilibrium properties of self-formed alternate bars highly depend on the water discharge with respect to the relevant theoretical thresholds. This work provides fundamental information for predicting the response of rivers to natural or human alterations of the flow regime.