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Interactions between vegetation and river morphodynamics. Part I: Research clarifications and challenges

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Rivers have an intricate relationship with the vegetation that colonizes them. Riparian plants, capable of thriving within river corridors, both respond to and influence geomorphology. Yet interactions between river morphodynamics and vegetation tend to be context specific, making it challenging to generalize findings between locations. The current comprehension of vegetation interaction with physical processes, and especially its effects on river morphodynamics, still lacks clarity. This article examines numerous sources of variation in plant responses to, and effects on, river morphodynamics. Vegetation influences on geomorphological parameters vary in terms of intensity and spatial extent along the gradient of river energy and according to the fluvial style. Whilst feedbacks between vegetation and river morphodynamics are readily discernible at a local scale, on larger spatial scales, it can remain difficult to precisely determine cause-and-effect relationships that link hydrogeomorphic and vegetation drivers and the outcomes of their feedbacks. This is especially problematic for those feedbacks that give rise to emergent system landscape behaviour in meandering and island braided rivers. By contrast, in certain river configurations, such as anabranching rivers, the imprint of vegetation on the riverscape can be clearly evident. The imprint of vegetation is also supported by evidence from the ancient alluvial record. Through this review, we highlight key perspectives from a wide range of modern and ancient rivers of varied configuration in order to inform future studies of vegetation responses to, and effects on, river morphodynamics.
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hal-04579106 , version 1 (03-06-2024)

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Dov Corenblit, Hervé Piégay, Florent Arrignon, Eduardo González-Sargas, Anne Bonis, et al.. Interactions between vegetation and river morphodynamics. Part I: Research clarifications and challenges. Earth-Science Reviews, 2024, 253, pp.104769. ⟨10.1016/j.earscirev.2024.104769⟩. ⟨hal-04579106⟩
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