A characterization of side channel development

Robert Pepijn van Denderen*, Ralph Mathias Johannes Schielen, Menno Straatsma, Maarten G. Kleinhans, Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher

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Side channels are commonly constructed to reduce the flood risk or to increase the ecological value of a river. Such artificial side channels generally aggrade. We categorize the development of side channels based on the sediment that is deposited in these channels. Based on this categorization, we determine the main mechanisms that affect their development, and we propose an initial framework on how to predict the long‐term development of side channels. The results can be used to design, operate, and maintain side channel systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1597-1603
JournalRiver research and applications
Issue number9
Early online date16 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Artificial side channel
  • Bifurcations
  • River morphology
  • Secondary channels
  • Side channel

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