Chapter 5. Sediment Transport

  1. Philip A. Allen

Published Online: 2 JUL 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313574.ch5

Earth Surface Processes

Earth Surface Processes

How to Cite

Allen, P. A. (1997) Sediment Transport, in Earth Surface Processes, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313574.ch5

Author Information

  1. Department of Geology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2009
  2. Published Print: 4 AUG 1997

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632035076

Online ISBN: 9781444313574



  • sediment transport;
  • diffusional approach;
  • Richardson number;
  • overpassing - large grain rolling or hopping along a bed of finer grains, into which it is not able to fall for protection;
  • transport stage;
  • kinematic eddy viscosity;
  • turbulent diffusivity;
  • sediment rating curve;
  • defect propagation;
  • computer simulation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Chapter summary

  • Introduction

  • The threshold of sediment movement under unidirectional flows

  • Modes of sediment transport

  • Bedforms in a cohesionless substrate

  • Further reading

  • References