Hydraulic and Stratigraphic Basins

Premier research facilities dedicated to studying delta morphodynamics at a range of spatial and temporal time scales.

Size: 16.4 L x 16.4 W x 2.1 D ft (5 x 5x 0.64m)

Also called “Jurassic Tank,” this facility is used to study delta and basin morphodynamics on geologic time scales.

Size: 19.7 L x 9.8-29.5 W x 3.3 D ft (6 x 3-9 x 1 m)


The model floor facility occupies an entire floor of SAFL and is dedicated to research on surface water and storm water systems.

Size: 155 L x23.0 W x2.0 D ft (47 x7 x 0.6 m)
Discharge capacity: 16 cfs (450 l/s)


Also known as the "Subaqueous & Subaerial Fan Basins," these basins are suited for studying fan deposition from sediment-water flows with sediment feed facility.

Size: 13 Lx 6 W x 2 D ft (4 x 0.1.8 x 0.6 m)
Discharge capacity: 42 l/s

EM River Basin
This basin, manufactured by Little River Research, is a perfect teaching flume for students of all ages. This basin allows sediment feed and continuous flow of tap water. Slopes are easily adjusted, the flume has a range of hydraulic structures, and model vegetation can be placed in the model river. The basin is used by students and instructors to demonstrate the fundamentals of river process and river restoration.