How do bends form in rivers that have very little energy and very strong banks of peat? How did these bends form over the last 12.000 years? There is a whole world below your feet that can unravel this mystery. The method and theory to understand the origin of stream bends is particularly useful for researchers and managers.
Indeed, Jasper Candel and his first research output about the evolution of streams received a lot of attention in the Wageningen University. The university akcnowleged the hard work by featuring it twice in the Dutch magazine Resource (In Dutch: March/2017 and June/2017 editions ). Managers of the national part where the study took place also featured the main results (In Dutch: The Drentsche Aa stream website).
However, recreationists and people living close to the stream are also curious about the explanation to the curved but somehow fixed stream bends in their peatland. A Dutch philosopher joined him once on a fieldwork day at the Drentsche Aa and wrote about his experience (In Dutch: Bas Naber’s blog post).
As a society, we have a lot to learn from the past to manage our rivers more sustainable! As researchers, we could certainly contribute by making our findings available to those who are interested and want to contribute to this overal goal.
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How do bends form in peat-land streams?
We propose a conceptual model to explain the origin of bends in peatland streams to better inform stream restoration.
Wageningen University & Research
Last modified: 24/01/2019