AbstractTidal flat is a transition zone between land and ocean. Vegetation in tidal flat can protect the coastal areas from storm surge and tsunamis by wave energy reduction. Tidal flat also can filter parts of the artificial contaminations and reduce the pollutants discharged into the ocean. In addition, interactions between vegetation and morphology over tidal flat have strong impacts on ecological regime and morphological evolution. However, there are too many complex physical processes involving in the interaction among hydrodynamics, sediment transport and vegetation. Therefore, a flume study was carried out in this paper to study the effects of vegetation on hydrodynamics and sediment transport.
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