ENHANCEMENT OF THE CHANNEL EVOLUTION MODEL CONCEPTS FOR PREDICTING LATERAL CHANNEL MIGRATION
Watershed Physical Processes Research Unit
2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this cooperative research is to develop computer model components, which can be coupled to CONCEPTS, for predicting the onset and continual development of river meandering.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
A linear model of the flow in the interior of sinous streams will be enhanced to include: (1) the near-bank domain, (2) transport of graded sediments, and (3) the formation of alternate bars and point bars including simulation of changes in transverse bed profile. The stresses exerted by the flow on the streambank as simulated by the above model will be used by the process-based streambank erosion algorithms of the channel evolution model CONCEPTS to predict streambank erosion and to adjust bank profiles. The predictive capabilities of the resulting model regarding hydraulics, non-uniform sediment transport, streambank erosion, and channel migration will be validated on selected laboratory experiments, field data of single bends of sand- and gravel-bed streams, and selected multiple-bend streams segments of Tahoe Basin streams.
Components will be developed to enable the ARS channel evolution computer model CONCEPTS to simulate lateral channel migration. The lateral migration module of the RVR-MEANDER toolbox developed by the University of Illinois has been combined with the streambank erosion component of CONCEPTS. Initial tests of the model were conducted using data from Trout Creek in the Tahoe Basin, California. Monitoring activities were performed through quarterly progress reports with the cooperators and semi-annual site visits.