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Title: River channel change during the last 50 years in the middle Yangtze River, the Jianli reach
Authors: Li, L.
Lu, X. 
Chen, Z.
Keywords: Bank revetment
Human impact
Levee construction
River channel change
Yangtze River
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Li, L., Lu, X., Chen, Z. (2007). River channel change during the last 50 years in the middle Yangtze River, the Jianli reach. Geomorphology 85 (3-4) : 185-196. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Intensive anthropogenic disturbances have affected the channel of the middle Yangtze River since the 1950s. This paper selects the Jianli reach as an example to examine human impact on channel change in the middle Yangtze River. 1:100,000 channel distribution maps from 1951, 1961 and 1975 and 1:25,000 navigation charts from 1981 and 1997 were employed to reconstruct channel change in the study reach. The result indicates that the channel, under the constraint of levees along the riverbanks, underwent a minor widening but frequent bank failure due to susceptible bank structure and increase in water discharge. The bank failure promoted bar growth in the channel. Cross-section changes and quantitative calculations of erosion and deposition based on the DEM derived from navigation charts present a pattern of over-bank sedimentation and riverbed incision. The stage and duration of floods have increased following levee construction and bank revetment. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Geomorphology
ISSN: 0169555X
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.03.035
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