An analytical model for the growth and migration of a transverse dune

  • Wen-Xiao Ning
  • Xu-Yang Liu
  • Zhen-Ting WangEmail author
Regular Article


The growth and migration speed formulae for a 2-d transverse dune are derived under the assumptions of shape similarity, the near surface airflow independent of height, and the 100% sand trapping efficiency of lee face during dune evolution. Although very simple, this analytical model can quantificationally reflect the field investigations of barchan migrations and the chronological data of mega-dune growth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and ResourcesCASLanzhouP.R. China

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