Model:Meander Centerline Migration Model


Meander Centerline Migration Model


Also known as MCMM
Model type Single
Model part of larger framework
Note on status model
Date note status model
Incorporated models or components:
Spatial dimensions 2D
Spatial extent Continental, Landscape-Scale, Regional-Scale
Model domain Terrestrial, Hydrology
One-line model description Simulation of the long-term migration of meandering rivers flowing above heterogeneous floodplains
Extended model description The model simulates the long-term evolution of meandering rivers above heterogeneous floodplain surfaces, i.e. floodplains that have been reworked by the river itself through the formation of oxbow lakes and point bars.

river migration, meander, meander migration, floodplains, River profile, Meander center line, fluvial morphodynamics,

Name Manuel Bogoni
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization University of Padova
Postal address 1 Via Marzolo 9
Postal address 2
Town / City Padova
Postal code I-35131
Country Italy
Email address

Name Stefano Lanzoni
Type of contact Project manager
Institute / Organization University of Padova
Postal address 1 Via Marzolo 9
Postal address 2
Town / City Padova
Postal code I-35131
Country Italy
Email address

Supported platforms
Unix, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
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Programming language


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Code optimized Single Processor
Multiple processors implemented
Nr of distributed processors
Nr of shared processors
Start year development 2014
Does model development still take place? Yes
If above answer is no, provide end year model development
Code development status Active
When did you indicate the 'code development status'? 2020
Model availability As code, As teaching tool
Source code availability
(Or provide future intension)
Through web repository
Source web address
Source csdms web address
Program license type GPL v2
Program license type other
Memory requirements Up to GBytes
Typical run time From seconds to days

Describe input parameters Input parameters belong to five families:
  • parameters related to flow field
  • parameters related to the floodplain structure
  • parameters related to the river geometry
  • parameters related to the time marching of the simulation
  • parameters related to the output printing
Input format ASCII
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Output format ASCII
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Pre-processing software needed? No
Describe pre-processing software
Post-processing software needed? No
Describe post-processing software
Visualization software needed? Yes
If above answer is yes Matlab
Other visualization software A graphic software is required in order to plot the planform coordinates generated by the model, e.g. gnuplot or Matlab

Describe processes represented by the model The model simulates the lateral migration of a meandering rivers, allowing the formation of oxbow lakes and scroll bars which may have a different erosional resistance with respect to the pristine floodplain.
Describe key physical parameters and equations The key physical parameters of the model are the aspect ratio deal with hydraulics (geometry of the river cross section, Shields number, grain size) and geomorphology (erodibility of the floodplain surface). The model solves for the equations of Ikeda et al. JFM 1981 and Zolezzi and Seminara JFM 2001. See Bogoni et al. WRR 2017 for details.
Describe length scale and resolution constraints The lengths are scaled by the cross section half width of the river, i.e. the lenghts are dimensionless. Thus any kind of river scenario may be potentially simulated.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints The time scale is of the order of 10-1000 years, since the migration of meandering rivers is usually very slow, (e.g. 1 meter/year).
Describe any numerical limitations and issues The model might be unstable if the meander bends are too sharp and/or flow parameters are somehow borderline.

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Do you have current or future plans for collaborating with other researchers?
Is there a manual available? Yes
Upload manual if available: Media:Manual of the MCMM.pdf ‎
Model website if any
Model forum / discussion board
Comments The code is freely available and can be applied or modified as preferred.

People are asked to cite the following paper: Bogoni et al., WRR 2017. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR020726. or, alternatively, the model DOI

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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
PyMT component
Is this a data component
DOI model 10.5281/zenodo.821601
For model version 1.0
Year version submitted 2017
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  • Download Meander Centerline Migration Model version: 1.0
    Doi: 10.5281/zenodo.821601
Nr. of publications: 4
Total citations: 125
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.13
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Nr. of publications: 4
Total citations: 125
h-index: 2
m-quotient: 0.13

Featured publication(s)YearModel describedType of ReferenceCitations
Frascati, Alessandro; Lanzoni, Stefano; 2009. Morphodynamic regime and long‐term evolution of meandering rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, F02002. 10.1029/2008JF001101
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2009 Meander Centerline Migration Model
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