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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3013-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3013-2016
Research article
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28 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 28 Jul 2016

Vegetative impacts upon bedload transport capacity and channel stability for differing alluvial planforms in the Yellow River source zone

Zhi Wei Li, Guo An Yu, Gary Brierley, and Zhao Yin Wang

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Influence of vegetation upon bedload transport and channel morphodynamics is examined along a channel stability gradient ranging from meandering to anabranching to anabranching–braided to fully braided planform conditions along trunk and tributary reaches of the Yellow River source zone in western China. This innovative work reveals complex interactions between channel planform, bedload transport capacity, sediment supply in the flood season, and the hydraulic role of vegetation.