Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2837–2857, 2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2837–2857, 2015

Research article 19 Jun 2015

Research article | 19 Jun 2015

A 2-D process-based model for suspended sediment dynamics: a first step towards ecological modeling

F. M. Achete et al.

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