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Adv. Geosci., 37, 1-6, 2013
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17 Dec 2013
Tracer dispersion in bedload transport
E. Lajeunesse, O. Devauchelle, M. Houssais, and G. Seizilles Institut de Physique du Globe – Sorbonne Paris Cité, Équipe de Dynamique des fluides géologiques, 1 rue Jussieu, 75238 Paris cedex 05, France
Abstract. Bedload particles entrained by rivers tends to disperse as they move downstream. In this paper, we use the erosion-deposition model of Charru et al. (2004) to describe the velocity and the spreading of a plume of tracer particles. We restrict our analysis to steady-state transport above a flat bed of uniform sediment. The transport of tracer particles is then controlled by downstream advection and particle exchange with the immobile bed. After a transitional regime dominated by initial conditions, the evolution of a plume of markers tends asymptotically towards classical advection-diffusion: its average position grows linearly with time, whereas it spreads like the square root of time.

Citation: Lajeunesse, E., Devauchelle, O., Houssais, M., and Seizilles, G.: Tracer dispersion in bedload transport, Adv. Geosci., 37, 1-6,, 2013.