Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Research article
07 Oct 2021
Research article |  | 07 Oct 2021

Sediment shell-content diminishes current-driven sand ripple development and migration

Chiu H. Cheng, Jaco C. de Smit, Greg S. Fivash, Suzanne J. M. H. Hulscher, Bas W. Borsje, and Karline Soetaert


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esurf-2021-13', Anonymous Referee #1, 29 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esurf-2021-13', Jaco H Baas, 05 Apr 2021
  • AC1: 'Comment on esurf-2021-13', Chiu Cheng, 12 Jun 2021
  • EC1: 'Comment on esurf-2021-13', Daniel Parsons, 19 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Chiu Cheng on behalf of the Authors (12 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Jun 2021) by daniel parsons
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Jul 2021) by daniel parsons
AR by Sarah Buchmann on behalf of the Authors (30 Jul 2021)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (08 Sep 2021) by daniel parsons
ED: Publish as is (10 Sep 2021) by Tom Coulthard(Editor)
Short summary
Shells are biogenic particles that are widespread throughout natural sandy environments and can affect the bed roughness and seabed erodibility. As studies are presently lacking, we experimentally measured ripple formation and migration using natural sand with increasing volumes of shell material under unidirectional flow in a racetrack flume. We show that shells expedite the onset of sediment transport, reduce ripple dimensions and slow their migration rate.