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Record number 503441
Title Multiscale structure of meanders
Author(s) Vermeulen, B.; Hoitink, A.J.F.; Zolezzi, G.; Abad, J.D.; Aalto, R.
Source Geophysical Research Letters 43 (2016)7. - ISSN 0094-8276 - p. 3288 - 3297.
Department(s) Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) bends - meanders - multiple loops - scale space tree - valley cuvature - wavelets

River meander planforms can be described based on wavelet analysis, but an objective method to identify the main characteristics of a meander planform over all spatial scales is yet to be found. Here we show how a set of simple metrics representing meander shape can be retrieved from a continuous wavelet transform of a planform geometry. We construct a synoptic multiple looping tree to establish the meander structure, revealing the embedding of dominant meander scales in larger-scale loops. The method can be applied beyond the case of rivers to unravel the meandering structure of lava flows, turbidity currents, tidal channels, rivulets, supraglacial streams, and extraterrestrial flows.

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