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Bed load transport in steep boulder bed channels

We designed a set of flume experiments with a simple, well-defined bed configuration to test our modified sediment transport equation. The experiments were conducted in a small (15 cm wide, 4.5 m long) flume set at a gradient of ten percent. This is the steepest gradient at which fluvial processes have been hypothesized to dominate over debris flow scour and deposition. At this gradient, the influence of the immobile grains on the flow and sediment transport will be relatively large.