The limited growth of vegetated shear layers

  title={The limited growth of vegetated shear layers},
  author={Marco Ghisalberti and Heidi M. Nepf},
[1] In contrast to free shear layers, which grow continuously downstream, shear layers generated by submerged vegetation grow only to a finite thickness. Because these shear layers are characterized by coherent vortex structures and rapid vertical mixing, their thickness controls exchange between the vegetation and the overlying water. Experiments conducted in a laboratory flume show that the growth of these obstructed shear layers is arrested once the production of shear-layer-scale turbulent… CONTINUE READING
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