Advances and challenges in meandering channels research Academic Article uri icon


  • Meandering channels is a vast research field, spanning a broad variety of time and space scales, environmental domains, and conceptual and methodological approaches. This paper serves as an introduction to this special issue of Geomorphology "Meandering Channels", which addresses the need for sustained scientific dialogue on the dynamics of meandering channels. In an effort to place this issue in the broad context of this rapidly changing and advancing research field, we begin by discussing the motivation behind this issue. Then, we continue by summarizing the main novel research contributions of each paper. Finally, we conclude by proposing five major research directions that directly develop from the ensemble of the scientific contributions to this special issue. These research directions emphasize the critical importance of the coupling of near-bank geomorphic and flow processes; the characterization of co-evolution of meandering rivers and their floodplains; the need to improve linkages between meandering rivers research and river management and restoration; the potential of expanding laboratory-based research; and the integration of holistic and reductionist approaches. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..

author list (cited authors)

  • Gueneralp, I., Abad, J. D., Zolezzi, G., & Hooke, J.

citation count

  • 52

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM