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Influence of vegetation on the propagation of flood waves
De Doncker, L.; Verhoeven, R.; Troch, P.; Desmet, N.; Meire, P.; Seuntjes, P. (2008). Influence of vegetation on the propagation of flood waves, in: Rahman, M. et al. Advances in Fluid Mechanics VII. International series on advances in fluid mechanics, : pp. 331-340
In: Rahman, M.; Brebbia, C.A. (2008). Advances in Fluid Mechanics VII. International series on advances in fluid mechanics. WIT Press: New Forest. ISBN 978-1-84564-109-2. 512 pp., more
In: International series on advances in fluid mechanics. ISSN 1353-808x, more

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Document type: Conference

Author keywords
    backwater effect; ecological modelling; vegetated rivers

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  • Desmet, N.
  • Meire, P., more
  • Seuntjes, P.

Abstract
    Research on river ecosystems asks for a multidisciplinary approach. All components such as water, macrophytes, sediment, suspended solids, etc. play an important role. The presence of macrophytes in rivers has an influence on water levels and flow patterns since a wealthy vegetation growth causes back water effects and consequently higher upstream water levels. In view of this, flood risk increases in periods of higher flows and greater vegetation growth. So, river management also deals with the control of vegetation. Good management contributes not only to the quality of the water and the ecosystem, but also to flood protection.

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