Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Research article
01 Dec 2021
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2021

Modelling long-term alluvial-peatland dynamics in temperate river floodplains

Ward Swinnen, Nils Broothaerts, and Gert Verstraeten

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Here we present a new modelling framework specifically designed to simulate alluvial peat growth, taking into account the river dynamics. The results indicate that alluvial peat growth is strongly determined by the number, spacing and movement of the river channels in the floodplain, rather than by environmental changes or peat properties. As such, the amount of peat that can develop in a floodplain is strongly determined by the characteristics and dynamics of the local river network.
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