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Interactions between aeolian and fluvial systems in dryland environments

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Historically, fluvial and aeolian processes in dryland environments have been viewed as mutually exclusive. However, recent research indicates that in many regions dryland aeolian and fluvial systems do not operate independently. There are interactions between the two systems that have important implications for the geomorphology of the landscape. This paper reviews the factors controlling the transfer of sediments between aeolian and fluvial systems, focusing on moisture availability, sediment supply and the magnitude/frequency characteristics of fluvial and aeolian events. We conclude by highlighting areas of future research that will contribute greatly to our understanding of aeolian–fluvial relationships in dryland areas.

Keywords: aeolian; climate change; desert; fluvial; geomorphology; sediment budget

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, Loughborough University 2: School of Environmental Science, University College Northampton

Publication date: March 1, 2002


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