Bedforms as Self-organized Patterns

  • Giovanni CocoEmail author


The formation and evolution of regular bedform patterns occurs in response to complex interactions between flow, sediment transport and evolving morphology. The assumption that the emergence of regular patterns is governed by non-linear dissipative feedbacks (the self-organization theory) has helped to provide simple and insightful explanations for the development of rhythmic bedforms and provides an alternative mode of analysis for patterns that could not be explained otherwise.


Pattern formation Self-organization Emergence Morphodynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnvironmentUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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