Defining Disequilibrium in the Landscape Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Landscapes may be out of equilibrium due to recent changes in tectonic or climatic forcing, but depending on the response time of the landscape, disequilibrium may persist for very long time periods. We posit that the response time of a landscape is much longer than previously thought, due primarily to reorganization of the channel network through divide migration and river capture and that this reorganization is intrinsic to almost all changes in forcing. We argue that we can recognize a state of disequilibrium by evaluating the …

publication date

  • December 1, 2013