Geographia Polonica (1997) vol. 68

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Anthropogenic changes in the suspended load transportation by and sedimentation rates of the river Vistula, Poland

Adam Lajczak

Geographia Polonica (1997) vol. 68, pp. 7-30


Evidence is presented that regulation works on the Vistula channel haveintroduced very significant and rapid changes in the magnitude of river loadtransportation and sedimentation. It is acknowledged that human interferencerepresents the most significant cause of change in the Vistula catchment withinhistorical times. The alluviation of the Vistula valley floodplain as described here, whichwas initiated about 150 years ago, may be compared with the equally rapid changes ofload transportation by and sedimentation rates of other rivers influenced by intensiveurbanization.

Keywords: bedload, channelization, overbank sedimentation, reservoir siltation, suspended load, Vistula River.

Adam Lajczak, Institute of Nature Conservation Polish Academy of Sciences Lubicz 46, 31-512 Krakow, Poland