Particulate Gravity Currents: Perspectives

  1. William McCaffrey,
  2. Ben Kneller and
  3. Jeff Peakall
  1. J. Peakall,
  2. M. Felix,
  3. B. McCaffrey and
  4. B. Kneller

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304275.ch1

Particulate Gravity Currents

Particulate Gravity Currents

How to Cite

Peakall, J., Felix, M., McCaffrey, B. and Kneller, B. (2001) Particulate Gravity Currents: Perspectives, in Particulate Gravity Currents (eds W. McCaffrey, B. Kneller and J. Peakall), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304275.ch1

Editor Information

  1. School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, West Yorkshire, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, West Yorkshire, UK

  1. Institute for Crustal Studies, Girvetz Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 24 APR 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632059218

Online ISBN: 9781444304275

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Keywords:

  • particulate gravity currents - perspectives;
  • ‘particulate gravity current’ encompassing different flow types;
  • advances in physical modelling;
  • ultrasonic doppler velocimetry profiling (UDVP);
  • mathematical modelling approaches;
  • fluid entrainment and detrainment;
  • individual flow processes;
  • physical modeling and use of external input tanks - generating continuous flows

Summary

Recent advances in particulate gravity current research are reviewed and future research areas that demand attention are highlighted. In particular, progress in the following areas is discussed: physical modelling; mathematical modelling approaches; fluid entrainment and detrainment; individual flow processes; and new insights from field research. Research on particulate gravity currents has largely been based on individual flow-types, such as turbidity currents, and has often been pursued using a single research approach (e.g. fieldwork, experimental modelling or numerical modelling). There is great scope to integrate further the different approaches to the study of gravity currents, and in so doing rapidly to improve our understanding of these important flows.