CIVE 513 - Morphodynamic Modeling

  • 3 credits
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The goal of this course is to cover the basic principles of morphodynamic modeling, with a primary focus on river morphodynamics. Morphodynamic modeling involves three interacting components: the flow field, the sediment transport field, and bed evolution. In this course, we will cover basic principles underlying each of these components, and how they can be combined to make a model capable of simulating river channel evolution.

This course can be applied toward:


CIVE 300 (Fluid Mechanics).


Peter Nelson

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Peter Nelson joined the faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the fall of 2012. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Dr. Nelson received his B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 2003, his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010, and he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Genoa (Italy) from 2011-2012. Dr. Nelson and his students use computational modeling, physical experiments, analytical theory, and field observations to address fundamental questions about geomorphology, sediment transport, hydrology, hydraulics, and morphodynamics.