Flow patterns and morphological changes in a sandy meander bend during a flood-spatially and temporally intensive ADCP measurement approach

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  • Elina Kasvi
  • Leena Laamanen
  • Eliisa Lotsari
  • Petteri Alho

Research units

  • University of Turku
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • State Forest Enterprise
  • Finnish Geospatial Research Institute


The fluvio-geomorphological processes in meander bends are spatially uneven in distribution. Typically, higher velocities and erosion take place near the outer bank beyond the bend apex, while the inner bend point bar grows laterally towards the outer bank, increasing the bend amplitude. These dynamics maintain the meander evolution. Even though this development is found in meandering rivers independent of soil or environmental characteristics, each river still seems to behave unpredictably. The special mechanisms that determine the rate and occasion of morphological changes remain unclear. The aim of this study is to offer new insights regarding flow-induced morphological changes in meander using a novel study approach. We focused on short-term and small-spatial-scale changes by conducting a spatially and temporally (daily) intensive survey during a flood (a period of nine days) with an ADCP attached to a remotely controlled mini-boat. Based on our analysis, the flood duration and the rate of discharge increase and decrease seems to play key roles in determining channel changes by controlling the flow velocities and depth and the backwater effect may have notable influence on the morphological processes. We discuss themes such as the interaction of inner and outer bend processes and the longer-term development of meander bends.


Original languageEnglish
Article number106
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • ADCP, Flow measurement, Fluvial geomorphology, Fluvial processes, Meandering river, River

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