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The Need for Full-Scale Experiments in River Science
Eos
  • Peter Richard Wilcock, Utah State University
  • C. H. Orr
  • J. D.G. Marr
Document Type
Article
Publisher
Transactions, Am. Geophys. Union
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Abstract
Studying river processes in the laboratory offers important advantages, particularly the opportunity for precise experimental control and the ability to isolate specific processes. There is, however, a key trade-off. To control essential variables and support tractable technical measurements, experiments are typically conducted at a reduced scale, which introduces a potential loss of realism. The methods and limitations of scale modeling are well developed in some aspects of river science (such as hydraulics and sediment transport) and are emerging in others (such as biogeochemical transport and flow/organism interactions).
Citation Information
Wilcock, P.R., C.H. Orr, and J.D.G. Marr, 2008. The need for full-scale experiments in river science. Eos, Transactions, Am. Geophys. Union, 89(1):2, 1 January 2008.