Validation of braided-stream models: Spatial state-space plots, self-affine scaling, and island shapes


Journal Article

We present a comprehensive approach for validating braided-stream models and apply it to a specific cellular braided-stream model. The approach involves quantitative comparison of modeled and natural braided streams in terms of two main aspects: the sequential organization of their plan patterns studied using their state-space characteristics and the hierarchical organization of their patterns studied in the framework of self-affine scaling. These two aspects of braided streams are complementary to each other and taken together provide a sensitive test of the validity of a model of braided streams. The simple model we examine produces patterns that are similar to those of natural braided rivers in terms of both sequential organization and self-affine scaling. This finding supports the conclusion that the nonlinear interactions between water and sediment in the model are the primary mechanisms responsible for shaping braided rivers in nature.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sapozhnikov, VB; Murray, AB; Paola, C; Foufoula-Georgiou, E

Published Date

  • September 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2353 - 2364

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0043-1397

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1029/98WR01697

Citation Source

  • Scopus