Modern empirical and modelling study approaches in fluvial geomorphology to elucidate sub-bend-scale meander dynamics

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Research units

  • University of Turku
  • University of Liverpool
  • Finnish Geospatial Research Institute


Major developments in theory and modelling techniques have taken place within the past couple of decades in the field of the fluvial geomorphology. In this review, we examine the state-of-the-art empirical and modelling approaches and discuss their potential benefits and shortcomings in deepening understanding of the sub-bend-scale fluvial geomorphology of meander bends. Meandering rivers represent very complex 3D flow and sedimentary processes. We focus on high-resolution techniques which have improved the spatial and temporal resolution of the data and thereby enabled investigation of processes, which have been thus far beyond the capacity of the measurement techniques. This review covers the measurement techniques applied in the field and in laboratory circumstances as well as the close-range remote sensing techniques and computational approaches. We discuss the key research questions in fluvial geomorphology of meander bends and demonstrate how the contemporary approaches have been and could be applied to solve these questions.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-569
Number of pages37
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • ADCP, Fluvial geomorphology, hydraulic modelling, laser scanning, meandering, photogrammetry

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