Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution?

Thomas J. Coulthard, Marco J. Van De Wiel

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that there are fundamental limitations on geomorphological models, which may prevent linking cause and effect. These limitations are not governed by technology, model complexity, or monitoring resolution, but are inherent in the dynamics of landscape evolution itself. This is because process thresholds, interactions and feedbacks, as well as time lags in responding to the external forcing, mean that geomorphological response in the landscape can be non-linear. This can obscure the relation between the forcing signal and the response signal to the extent that it may not be possible to link cause to effect, or vice-versa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments
EditorsMichael Church, Pascale Biron, Andre Roy
PublisherWiley
Pages512-522
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780470688908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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landscape evolution
geomorphological response
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monitoring
effect

Keywords

  • CAESAR
  • Model
  • Non-linear
  • Sediment transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Coulthard, T. J., & Van De Wiel, M. J. (2012). Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution? In M. Church, P. Biron, & A. Roy (Eds.), Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments (pp. 512-522). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119952497.ch36

Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution? / Coulthard, Thomas J.; Van De Wiel, Marco J.

Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. ed. / Michael Church; Pascale Biron; Andre Roy. Wiley, 2012. p. 512-522.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Coulthard, TJ & Van De Wiel, MJ 2012, Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution? in M Church, P Biron & A Roy (eds), Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. Wiley, pp. 512-522. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119952497.ch36
Coulthard TJ, Van De Wiel MJ. Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution? In Church M, Biron P, Roy A, editors, Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. Wiley. 2012. p. 512-522 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119952497.ch36
Coulthard, Thomas J. ; Van De Wiel, Marco J. / Can We Link Cause and Effect in Landscape Evolution?. Gravel-Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. editor / Michael Church ; Pascale Biron ; Andre Roy. Wiley, 2012. pp. 512-522
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