Montgomery and Buffington Channel Types:

The Montgomery and Buffington (1997) channel classification system is intended for mountain channels. Two tiers of classification are utilized at the valley segment (landscape scale) and channel reach scales. Both classifications segregate categories along a continuum of sediment transport from transport limited (sediment supply exceeds river's ability to transport it) to supply limited (the river's energy to move sediment far exceeds the delivery of sediment to the channel).

Figure 11 from Montgomery and Buffington (1997) ©GSA. Schematic illustration of the transport capacities relative to sediment supply for reach-level channel types. (See Photo Copyright Disclaimer before downloading)

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