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Spatial dimensions 1D
Spatial extent Regional-Scale, Landscape-Scale
Model domain Coastal
One-line model description Geometric model to study the response of fluvial-deltas to base-level changes.
Extended model description We present a geometric model able to track the geomorphic boundaries that delimit the fluvial plain of fluvial-deltas: the shoreline and the alluvial-bedrock transition. By assuming a fluvial profile with a quadratic form, which satisfies the overall mass balance and the boundary conditions dictated by diffusive transport, we are able to provide a solution that accounts for general base-level changes.

delta evolution, shoreline dynamics, alluvial-basement transition, base-level changes,

Name Jorge Lorenzo Trueba
Type of contact Model developer
Institute / Organization Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory
Postal address 1 2 Third Ave SE
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Town / City Minneapolis
Postal code 55414
State Minnesota
Country United States
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Start year development 2010
Does model development still take place? Yes
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Model availability As code, As teaching tool
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Program license type GPL v2
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Typical run time typically less than 10 seconds

Describe input parameters [[Describe input parameters model::Physical parameters: (1) Length scale [L]; (2) Average rate of water supply per unit width [L^2/T]; (3) Basement slope [-]; (4) sediment unit-flux, defined as the sediment input from the river network in units of volume per unit width [L^2/T]; (5) Base-level curve.

Time and printout parameters: (1) Running time (Tmax), (2) time step (dt), (3) number of time steps per output storage (w).]]

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Describe output parameters Shoreline and alluvial-bedrock transition trajectories over time.

Future versions of the model will include the profile evolution.

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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 We model sedimentation in a fluvio-deltaic system under base-level changes. Possible dynamics include: (1) river aggradation (i.e., a seawards migration of the alluvial-basement transition), (2) river degradation (i.e., a landwards migration of the alluvial-basement transition), (3) regression (i.e., a seawards migration of the shoreline), and (4) transgression (e.g., a landwards migration of the shoreline).
Describe key physical parameters and equations The key physical parameters are: (1) the sediment unit-flux, defined as the sediment input from the river network in units of volume per unit width. (2) The average water discharge per unit width. (3) The basement slope on top of which the delta develops. (4) The base-level curve.

The key equations are a sediment mass balance and the boundary conditions dictated by diffusive transport (i.e., the sediment flux is proportional to the local bed slope through the fluvial diffusivity). To first order calculations, we assume the fluvial diffusivity to be half the water discharge per unit width (they both have the same units). More accurate expressions for the fluvial diffusivity can be found in Paola 2000 and Lorenzo-Trueba et al.2009.

Describe length scale and resolution constraints In the field, this model is applicable in the range of landscape and regional scales (~10-100km). It has also been successfully applied at the scale of physical experiments.
Describe time scale and resolution constraints We use the ‘basin equilibrium timescale’ (Paola 2000), defined as the length scale square divided by the fluvial diffusivity. In field settings, this time scale can range from centennial to millennia up to millions of years.
Describe any numerical limitations and issues Currently it is not possible to model transgression followed by regression.

Describe available calibration data sets No calibration data sets. We validate the model against available analytical solutions and use it to analyze the system behavior under a general base-level fall and base-level rise. See Lorenzo-Trueba et al. 2012.
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Describe ideal data for testing Physical experiments and/or field observations of the sedimentary record.

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Is there a manual available? No
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OpenMI compliant No but possible
BMI compliant No but possible
WMT component No but possible
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