A simple model for the formation of vegetated dunes

S. T. Trudgill, H. A. Viles, R. Inkpen, C. Moses, W. Gosling, T. Yates, P. Collier, D. I. Smith, R. U. Cooke

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A simple model for the dynamics of dunes associated with vegetation is proposed. Using the model, the formation processes of transverse dunes, parabolic dunes and elongated parabolic dunes are simulated according to two environmental factors: (i) the amount of sand at the source; (ii) the wind force. The results have qualitative correspondence to the real counterpart, and the simplicity of the algorithm and the consequent ease of handling this model provide us with wide applicability for the investigation of the complex interplay between vegetation and dunes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1150
Number of pages8
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2001


  • Dune dynamics
  • Phase diagrams
  • Saltation
  • Vegetation


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