Compensational behavior of three debris-flow fans in southern Colorado
Building an understanding of debris-flow avulsion tendencies would deepen the understanding of sediment transport modes and inform hazard assessment and mitigation by suggesting the paths of future debris-flows following channel avulsion. To explore these tendencies, three debris fans were selected in southern Colorado for compensational analysis. Compensation refers to the tendency of discrete flow events to preferentially fill topographic lows following channel avulsions (Straub et al., 2009). By assessing the level of compensational behavior within each fan, it was possible to predict, in a ...
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