Influence of vegetation on the propagation of flood waves

L. De Doncker, R. Verhoeven, P. Troch, N. Desmet, P. Meire, P. Seuntjes

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1 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Fluid Mechanics VII
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics, AFM'08 - The New Forest, United Kingdom
Duration: May 21 2008May 23 2008

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences
ISSN (Print)1743-3533


Other7th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics, AFM'08
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityThe New Forest


  • Backwater effect
  • Ecological modelling
  • Vegetated rivers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Electrochemistry

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