Research in the main channel

While lakes, rivers, and streams are at the heart of much of SAFL’s research, we have a particular interest in discovering predictive mechanisms of the interactions between physical and biological connections in fluvial processes. SAFL’s indoor and outdoor flumes, combined with field sites in Minnesota and across the United States, provide opportunities for multi-scale physical and numerical investigations. Much of this work is conducted in collaboration with partners at the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED).

Focus Areas

  • Bank stability
  • Sediment transport
  • Instream hydraulic structures 
  • Riparian corridors 
  • River and lake restoration 
  • Dam removal
  • Water quality monitoring in rivers and lakes
  • Nutrient and microbiology hot-spots
  • Wetlands

Featured Projects