Continental shelf transport: fluid mud and river plumes

The transport of sediment across modern continental shelves is likely dominated by the movement of dense fine grained suspensions (high-density suspensions or fluid mud) that form at times of high wave energy during storms, and by hyperpycnal flows: turbid river plumes that can plunge to form turbidity currents where they enter a water body of lesser density.  We have conducted a series of experimental and numerical modeling studies to better understand these important processes and their deposits.