Experimental Landscape Evolution (XLE) facility


The Experimental Landscape Evolution (XLE) facility is housed at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota.

The experimental setup includes a 0.5 m x 0.5 m x 0.3 m erosion box in which two opposing or flanking sides can slide up and down and at variable rates mimicking a rising or falling base-level (Figure 1). Rainfall is simulated using 20 ultra-fine misting nozzles (rain droplet size < 10 µm) mounted over the erosion box. A variable rainfall pattern, with rain drop size small enough to avoid splash dispersion by rain drop impact on the model surface, can be produced using this rainfall simulator.

(Singh, Reinhardt, and Foufoula-Georgiou, WRR 2015)

Singh, Reinhardt, and Foufoula-Georgiou, 2015, Landscape re-organization under changing climatic forcing: results from an experimental landscape, WRR.
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St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at The University of Minnesota