Modeling transverse dunes with vegetation Academic Article uri icon


  • In the present work, we use dune modeling in order to investigate the evolution of transverse dunes in the presence of vegetation. The vegetation is allowed to grow up to a maximum height Hmax with a growth rate R that oscillates in time. We find that the presence of the vegetation establishes a maximum height for the transverse dunes. If the transverse dune is larger than this maximum size, then the vegetation traps a considerable amount of sand, leading to the formation of vegetation marks at the upwind side of the dune. We also investigate the formation of the transverse dune fields from a flat sand beach under saturated sand flux and vegetation growth. We find that the behavior of the field is determined by the maximum height, Hmax, of the vegetation cover. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Luna, M., Parteli, E., Duran, O., & Herrmann, H. J.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Luna, Marco CM de M||Parteli, Eric JR||Duran, Orencio||Herrmann, Hans J

publication date

  • January 2009