These two rectangular basins are premier research facilities dedicated to studying delta morphodynamics at a range of spatial and temporal time scales. The basins incorporate leading-edge technologies for ocean-level control, wave generation, tidal cycles as well as data acquisition systems that allow description of sediment and water input, topography, and visual changes in the surface and subsurface.
- 5 m wide x 5 m long x 0.6 m deep (16.4 ft x 16.4 ft x 2.1 ft)
- New data acquisition cart
- Topographic scanner
- Various camera systems
- Allow control of water surface (base level), sediment feed, and water feed rates.
Publications & Projects
See below for publications and projects associated with SAFL's Main Channel facility:
The morphodynamic influence of cohesive sediment on coastal systems across scales. (2016). Abeyta, A. V. University of Minnesota
Delta allometry: Growth laws for river deaths. (2010). Wolinksy, M. A., Edmonds, D. A., Martin, J. & Paola, C. Geophysical Research Letters
Measuring channel mobility through the analysis of area-based change in analog experiments, with vidual insights into alluvial environments. (2007). Wickert, A. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology