Flume work published in PNAS

Former Stillwater geomorphologist Christian Braudrick, who left us to pursue a PhD with Dr. Bill Dietrich at UC Berkeley, along with three co-authors (including current Stillwater geomorphologist Glen Leverich), recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on physical modeling experiments using a flume conducted at UC Berkeley’s Richmond Field Station.  Their findings point to the importance of vegetation and sand to support a meandering river. These results have implications for creating meandering channels for stream restoration projects. This work was conducted in collaboration with several other flume projects that were funded by a grant awarded by CALFED to Stillwater, UC Berkeley, and SF State.

This work is currently featured on the NSF website and is a featured video presentation on NPR’s Science Friday website.

Posted 13 October 2009