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Model type Single
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Spatial dimensions 3D
Spatial extent Landscape-Scale, Reach-Scale
Model domain Terrestrial
One-line model description A simple kinematic model of meandering
Extended model description "meanderpy" is a Python module that implements a simple numerical model of meandering, the one described by Howard & Knutson in their 1984 paper "Sufficient Conditions for River Meandering: A Simulation Approach" ( This is a kinematic model that is based on computing migration rate as the weighted sum of upstream curvatures; flow velocity does not enter the equation. Curvature is transformed into a 'nominal migration rate' through multiplication with a migration rate (or erodibility) constant; in the Howard & Knutson (1984) paper this is a nonlinear relationship based on field observations that suggested a complex link between curvature and migration rate. In the 'meanderpy' module we use a simple linear relationship between the nominal migration rate and curvature, as recent work using time-lapse satellite imagery suggests that high curvatures result in high migration rates (Sylvester et al., 2019).

fluvial morphodynamics, meandering,

Name Zoltan Sylvester
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization The University of Texas at Austin
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Town / City Austin
Postal code 78713-8924
State Texas
Country United States
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Supported platforms
Unix, Linux, Mac OS
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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
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Start year development 2018
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code
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Program license type Apache public license
Program license type other
Memory requirements --
Typical run time minutes

Describe input parameters channel width (m), channel depth (m), padding (number of nodepoints along centerline), sampling distance along centerline, number of iterations, dimensionless Chezy friction factor, threshold distance at which cutoffs occur, migration rate constant (m/s), vertical slope-dependent erosion rate constant (m/s), time step (s), density of water (kg/m3), which time steps will be saved, approximate number of bends you want to model, initial slope (setting this to non-zero results in instabilities in long runs)
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Describe output parameters channel centerlines; 3d model
Output format Binary
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Pre-processing software needed? No
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Post-processing software needed? No
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Visualization software needed? No
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Describe processes represented by the model Simple linear relationship between the nominal migration rate and curvature
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component No but possible
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Model info
Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 67
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.2
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Nr. of publications: 1
Total citations: 67
h-index: 1
m-quotient: 0.2

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Sylvester, Zoltán; Durkin, Paul; Covault, Jacob A.; 2019. High curvatures drive river meandering. Geology, 47, 263–266. 10.1130/G45608.1
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2019 Meanderpy
Model overview 67
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