In: Geografický časopis, vol. 56, no. 2
Kazimierz Krzemień - Joanna Zawiejska
Year, pages: 2004, 111 - 124
gravel-bed rivers, fluvial processes, human impact, Carpathians
The Dunajec River is a typical gravel-bed river draining the high-mountain Tatra massif. The river rises from the confluence of the Biały Dunajec and the Czarny Dunajec rivers. Long-lasting transport of gravels from the Tatra massif onto its foreland, which took place in the Pleistocene and the entire postglacial period, has led to the formation of a braided gravel-bed river. Due to human interference, the intensity of which has become pronounced from the turn of the 20th century onwards, the structure of the channel of the upper Dunajec underwent a series of adjustments. Channel narrowing and incision have been particularly intense since the 1960s resulting from channelization, as well as gravel extraction from the channel. These activities led to the destruction of several natural reaches of the channel and caused subsequent bed degradation. Engineering works aiming at flood-hazard reduction are effective only locally, while in the downstream reaches, their effect may be the reverse. Attempts at limiting sediment supply into the Czorsztyn Reservoir seem to have been ineffective.
How to cite:
Krzemień, K., Zawiejska, J. 2004. MAN-INDUCED CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF THE UPPER DUNAJEC RIVER CHANNEL. In Geografický časopis, vol. 56, no.2, pp. 111-124. ISSN 0016-7193.
Krzemień, K., Zawiejska, J. (2004). MAN-INDUCED CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF THE UPPER DUNAJEC RIVER CHANNEL. Geografický časopis, 56(2), 111-124. ISSN 0016-7193.