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Venditti, J.G., J.L. Best, M. Church, R.J. Hardy (2013). Coherent Flow Structures at Earth’s Surface, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 387 p.

Refereed Publications

67. Kostaschuck R., J.G. Venditti (2019). Why do large, deep rivers have low-angle dune beds? Geology

66. Venditti, J.G., T. Li, †E. Deal, E. Dingle, M. Church (2019). Struggles with stream power: Connecting theory across scales stream power. Geomorphology (50th Binghamton Symposium).

65. Venditti, J.G., J. Nittrouer, R.P. Humphries, M. Allison, M. Church (2019). Supply-limited bedform patterns and scaling downstream of a gravel-sand transition, Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/sed.12604.

64. Bradley, R., J.G. Venditti (2019). The growth of dunes in rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 124: 548-566. doi: 10.1029/2018JF004835

63. Bradley, R., J.G. Venditti (2019). Transport scaling of dune dimensions in shallow rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 124: 526-547. doi: 10.1029/2018JF004832

62. Beaud F, G.E. Flowers, J.G. Venditti (2018). Modeling sediment transport in ice‐walled subglacial channels and its implications for esker formation and proglacial sediment yields. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 123, 3206-3227. doi: 10.1029/2018JF004779

61. Haeussler, P.J., S.P.S. Gulick , N. McCall , M. Walton, R. Reece, C. Larsen, D. H. Shugar, M. Geertsema, J.G. Venditti, and K. Labay (2018). Submarine Deposition of a Subaerial Landslide in Taan Fiord, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 123, 2443-2463. doi: 10.1029/2018JF004608

60. Hendershot, M.L., J.G. Venditti, R.W. Bradley, R.A. Kostaschuk, M. Church and M.A. Allison (2018). Crestline dynamics in fluvially dominated, tidally influenced flow, Sedimentology, 65, 2621-2636. doi: 10.1111/sed.12480.

59. Yager, E., J.G. Venditti, H.J. Smith and Mark W Schmeeckle (2018). The trouble with shear stress. Geomorphology, 323: 41-50, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.09.008.

58. B. Higman, D.H. Shugar, C.P. Stark, G. Ekström, M.N. Koppes, P. Lynett, A. Dufresne, P.J. Haeussler, M. Geertsema, S. Gulick, A. Mattox, J.G. Venditti, M.A.L. Walton, N. McCall, E. Mckittrick, B. MacInnes, E.L. Bilderback, H. Tang, M.J. Willis, B. Richmond, B. Reece, C. Larsen, B. Olson, J. Capra, A. Ayca, **C. Bloom, **H. Williams, ***D. Bonno, R. Weiss, A. Keen, V. Skanavis, M. Loso (2018). The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska, Nature Scientific Reports, 8: 12993, doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-30475-w.

57. Beaud F, J.G. Venditti, G.E. Flowers, M. Koppes (2018), Excavation of bedrock tunnel valleys and inner gorges by seasonally-produced meltwater, Earth Surface Process and Landforms, 43: 1960-1972, doi: 10.1002/esp.4367.

56. Rennie, C.D., M. Church and J.G. Venditti, (2018). Rock control of river geometry: the Fraser canyons, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface: 123: 1860-1878, doi: 10.1029/2017JF004458.

55. Prancevic, J.P., M.P. Lamb, M.C. Palucis, J.G. Venditti (2018), The role of three-dimensional boundary stresses in limiting the occurrence and size of experimental landslides, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 123: 46-65, doi: 10.1002/2017JF004410

54. Hunt, B., J.G. Venditti and E. Kwoll (2018). Experiments on the morphological controls of velocity inversions in bedrock canyons, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43: 654-668, doi: 10.1002/esp.4274

53. Geertsema, M., A. Blais-Stevens, E. Kwoll, B. Menounos, J. Venditti, A. Grenier, K. Wiebe (2018). Sensitive clay landslide detection and characterization in and around Lakelse Lake, British Columbia, Sedimentary Geology, 364: 217-227, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.12.025

52. Dufresne, A., M. Geertsema, D.H. Shugar, M. Koppes, B. Higman, P.J. Haeussler, C. Stark, J.G. Venditti, D. Bonno, C. Larsen, S.P.S. Gulick, N. McCall, M. Walton, M.G. Loso, M.J. Willis (2018), Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska, Sedimentary Geology, 364: 302-318, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.10.004.

51. Swanson T., D. Mohrig, G. Kocurek, M. Perillo and J.G. Venditti (2018). Bedform spurs: a symptom of a trailing helical vortex wake. Sedimentology, 65: 191–208, doi:10.1111/sed.12383.

50. Kwoll, E., J.G. Venditti, R.W. Bradley and C. Winter (2017). Coherent flow structures over high- and low-angle dunes, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 122: 2244–2268, doi: 10.1002/2017JF004356.

49. Venditti, J.G., P.A. Nelson, R.W Bradley, D. Haught and A.B. Gitto (2017). Bedforms, structures mobile patches and sediment supply in gravel-bedded rivers, In: Gravel-Bed Rivers: Process and Disasters (Ed. D. Tsutsumi, J.B. Laronne) Wiley, Chichester, 439-466.

48. Gitto, A.B., J.G. Venditti, R.A. Kostaschuk and M. Church (2017). Representative Point-Integrated Suspended Sediment Sampling in Rivers. Water Resources Research, 53: 2956–2971, doi:10.1002/2016WR019187.

47. Haught D, J.G. Venditti, and S. Wright (2017). Calculation of in-situ acoustic sediment attenuation using off-the-shelf ADCPs in low concentration settings. Water Resources Research, 53: 5017–5037, doi:10.1002/2016WR019695.

46. Bradley, R. and J.G. Venditti, (2017). Depth scaling of dunes, Earth-Science Reviews 165: 356–376, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.11.004

45. Perron JT, Venditti JG. (2016). Megafloods downsized. Nature. 538: 174-175.

    See original research article: 'Progressive incision of the Channeled Scablands by outburst floods' by Issac Larsen and Mike Lamb

44. Lamb, M. P. and J. G. Venditti (2016), The grain size gap and abrupt gravel-sand transitions in rivers due to suspension fallout, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL068713

43. Beaud, F., G.E. Flowers and J.G. Venditti (2016) Efficacy of bedrock erosion by subglacial water flow, Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 125-145, doi:10.5194/esurf-4-125-2016

42. Fuller, T. K., J. G. Venditti, P. A. Nelson and W. J. Palen (2016), Modeling grain size adjustments in the downstream reach following run-of-river development, Water Resour. Res., 52, 2770–2788, doi:10.1002/2015WR017992

41. Kwoll, E., J. G. Venditti, R. W. Bradley and C. Winter (2016), Flow structure and resistance over subaquaeous high- and low-angle dunes, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JF003637

40. Venditti, J. G., M. Church, M. E. Attard and D. Haught (2016), Use of ADCPs for suspended sediment transport monitoring: An empirical approach, Water Resour. Res., 52, 2715–2736, doi:10.1002/2015WR017348

39. Hendershot, M.L., J.G. Venditti, *R.W. Bradley, R.A. Kostaschuk, M. Church and M.A. Allison (2016). Response of low angle dunes to variable flow, Sedimentology, 63, 743–760. doi: 10.1111/sed.12236

38. Venditti, J.G., *C.-Y. M. Lin, M. Kazemi (2016) Variability in bedform morphology and kinematics with transport stage, Sedimentology, 63, 1017–1040. doi: 10.1111/sed.12247

37. Haught D, Venditti JG, Wright SA, Church M. (2016). Multi-frequency acoustic inversion derived from a broad and shifting grain size distribution using “off-the-shelf” acoustic Doppler current profilers, In: River Flow 2016 (Ed. Constantinescu, Garcia, and Hanes), pp 1527-1535, CRC Press, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-138-02913-2

36. Ferguson, R. I., M. Church, C. D. Rennie, and J. G. Venditti (2015), Reconstructing a sediment pulse: Modeling the effect of placer mining on Fraser River, Canada. J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 120, 1436–1454. doi: 10.1002/2015JF003491.

35. Turner, D., M.J. Bradford, J.G. Venditti and R.M. Peterman (2015), Exploring uncertainty in the British Columbia instream flow methodology in a steep-mountain stream, River Research and Applications, doi: 10.1002/rra.2915.

34. Venditti, J. G., N. Domarad, M. Church, and C. D. Rennie (2015), The gravel-sand transition: Sediment dynamics in a diffuse extension, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JF003328.

33. Le Bouteiller, C., and J. G. Venditti (2015), Sediment transport and shear stress partitioning in a vegetated flow, Water Resources Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR015825.

32. Haught, D. J. G. Venditti and M. Church (2014). Acoustic sediment flux observations on the Fraser River, Canada, In: River Flow 2014 (Ed. A.J. Schleiss, G. de Cesare, M.J. Franca and M. Pfister), pp 1943-1950, CRC Press, London, UK.

31. Venditti, J. G., and M. Church (2014), Morphology and controls on the position of a gravel-sand transition: Fraser River, British Columbia, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 119, 1959–1976, doi:10.1002/2014JF003147.

    See also: 'EOS Highlight: Where Does the Bed of a River Change from Gravel to Sand?

30. Venditti , J.G., C.D. Rennie, J. Bomhof, R.W. Bradley, M. Little, M. Church (2014), Flow in bedrock canyons, Nature, 513: 534-537. doi:10.1038/nature13779.

    See also: 'Earth science: A fresh look at river flow by Nicole Gasperini

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29. Attard, M.A., J.G. Venditti, M. Church (2014). Suspended Sediment Transport in Fraser River at Mission, British Columbia: new observations and comparison to historical records, Canadian Journal of Water Resources. doi: 10.1080/07011784.2014.942105 PDF

28. Le Bouteiller, C., and J. G. Venditti (2014), Vegetation-driven morphodynamic adjustments of a sand bed, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL060155. PDF

27. Keylock, C.J. A. Singh, J. Venditti, E. Foufoula-Georgiou (2014). Robust classification for turbulent flow over bedforms despite a change in reference frame, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.3550 PDF

26. Araujo, H. A., A. Page, A. B. Cooper, J. Venditti, E. MacIsaac, M.A. Hassan, and D. Knowler (2013), Modelling changes in suspended sediment from forest road surfaces in a coastal watershed of British Columbia. Hydrol. Process. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9989. PDF

25. Bradley, R.W., J.G. Venditti, R.A. Kostaschuk, M. Hendershot, M. Church, M.A. Allison (2013). Flow and sediment suspension events over low-angle dunes: Fraser Estuary, Canada, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 118: 1–17, doi:10.1002/jgrf.20118. PDF

24. Martin Lin, C.-Y. and J. G. Venditti, (2013), An empirical model of subcritical bedform migration. Sedimentology, 60: 1786–1799. doi: 10.1111/sed.12056. PDF/p>

23. Venditti, J.G., R.J. Hardy, M. Church, J.L. Best (2013). What is a coherent flow structure in geophysical flow?, In: Coherent Flow Structures at Earth’s Surface (Ed. J.G. Venditti, J.L. Best, M. Church, R.J. Hardy), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. p. 1-16.

22. Venditti, J.G. (2013) Bedforms in sand-bedded rivers, In: Treatise on Geomorphology (Ed. J. Shroder, Jr., and E. Wohl), Academic Press, San Diego, California, 137-162.

21. Dashtgard, S.E., J.G. Venditti, A.D. La Croix, P.R. Hill, (2012) Sedimentation across the tidal-fluvial transition in a tide-influenced, fluvially dominated delta, Fraser River Delta, Canada. Sedimentary Record 10: 4-9. PDF

20. Venditti, J.G., P.A. Nelson, J.T. Minear, J.K. Wooster W.E. Dietrich (2012). Alternate bar response to sediment supply termination, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, doi: 10.1029/2011JF002254. PDF

19. Araujo, H.A., Cooper, A.B., M. Hassan and J. Venditti (2012). Estimating suspended sediment concentrations in areas with limited hydrological data using a mixed-effects model, Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.8462. PDF

18. Humphries, R., J. G. Venditti, L. S. Sklar, and J. K. Wooster (2012), Experimental evidence for the effect of hydrographs on sediment pulse dynamics in gravel-bedded rivers, Water Resour. Res., 48, W01533, doi:10.1029/2011WR010419. PDF

17. Venditti, J.G., R.P. Humphries, M.A. Allison, J.A. Nittrouer and M. Church (2010). Morphology and dynamics of a gravel-sand transition, in Proceedings of the 9th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, 11 p., June 27-July 1, 2010, Las Vegas, NV. PDF

16. Venditti, J.G., W.E. Dietrich, P.A. Nelson, M.A. Wydzga, J. Fadde and L.S. Sklar (2010). Effect of sediment pulse grain size on sediment transport rates and bed mobility in gravel bed rivers, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 115, F03039, doi:10.1029/2009JF001418.

15. Venditti, J.G., Dietrich, W.E., Nelson, P.A., Wydzga, M.A., Fadde, J. and Sklar, L. (2010) Mobilization of coarse surface layers in gravel-bedded rivers by finer gravel bed load, Water Resources Research, 46, W07506, doi:10.1029/2009WR008329. PDF

14. Nelson, P.A., Venditti, J.G., Dietrich, W.E., Kirchner, J.W., Ikeda, H., Iseay, F. and Sklar, L.S. (2009) Response of bed surface patchiness to reductions in sediment supply, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 114, F02005, doi:10.1029/2008JF001144. PDF

13. Sklar, L., Fadde, J., Venditti, J.G., Wydzga, M.A., Nelson, P.A., and Dietrich, W.E. (2009) Propagation of sediment pulses in flume experiments simulating gravel augmentation in armored channels downstream of dams, Water Resources Research, 45, W08439, doi:10.1029/2008WR007346. PDF

12. Venditti, J.G., Nelson, P.A., and Dietrich, W.E. (2008) The domain of bedload sheets, In: Marine Sandwave and River Dune Dynamics III. Edited by D. Parsons, J.L. Best, and A.Trentesaux, Leeds Unversity, Leeds. PDF

11. Lamb, M. P. AND W. E. Dietrich, J.G. Venditti (2008) Is the critical Shields stress for incipient sediment motion dependent on channel-bed slope? Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 113, F02008, doi:10.1029/2007JF000831. PDF

10. Cui, Y., Wooster, J., Venditti, J.G., Dusterhoff, S., Dietrich, W.E., and Sklar, L. (2008) Simulating sediment transport in a highly two-dimensional flume: Examinations of two one dimensional numerical models, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134, doi: 0733-9429/2008/7-892–904/. PDF

9. Venditti, J.G. (2007) Turbulent flow and drag over fixed two-dimensional and three-dimensional dunes Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 112, F04008, doi:10.1029/2006JF000650. PDF

8. Venditti, J.G., Church, M.A., and Bennett, S.J. (2006) On interfacial instability as a cause of transverse sedimentary bedforms, Water Resources Research, 42, W07423, doi:10.1029/2005WR004346. PDF

7. Dietrich, W.E., Nelson, P.A., Yager, E., Venditti, J.G., Lamb, M.P. and  Collins L. (2006) Sediment patches, sediment supply, and channel morphology, in River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics: RCEM 2005 by G. Parker and M.H. Garcia, pp 79-90, Taylor & Francis Group, London. PDF

6. Venditti, J.G., Church, M.A., and Bennett, S.J. (2005) On the transition between 2D and 3D bedforms, Sedimentology, 52, 1343–1359, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.2005.00748.x. PDF

5. Venditti, J.G., Church, M.A., and Bennett, S.J. (2005) Morphodynamics of Small-Scale Superimposed Sandwaves over Migrating Dune Bedforms, Water Resources Research, 41, W10423, doi:10.1029/2004WR003461. PDF

4. Venditti, J.G., Church, M.A., and Bennett, S.J. (2005) Bedform initiation from a flat sand bed Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 110, F01009, doi:10.1029/2004JF000149. PDF

3. Venditti, J.G., and Bauer, B.O. (2005) Turbulent flow over a dune: Green River, CO, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 30, 289–304. PDF

2. Venditti, J.G., and Bennett, S.J. (2000) Spectral analysis of turbulent flow and suspended sediment transport over fixed dunes, Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 22035-22047. PDF

1. Bennett, S.J., and J. Venditti (1997) Turbulent flow and suspended sediment transport over fixed dunes, in Proceedings of the Conference on Management of Landscapes Disturbed by Channel Incision: Stabilization, Rehabilitation, and Restoration edited by S.S.Y. Wang, E.J. Langendoen, and F.D. Shields, Jr., pp. 949-955, Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering, The University of Mississippi.

Theses and Other Publications

CHURCH, M., and VENDITTI, J.G., Recommendations for the reestablishment of sediment transport observations at Mission City (WSC Station 08MH024): Final Report. Report to the Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP), 28 November, 2008.

VENDITTI, J.G., SKLAR, L., DIETRICH, W.E., CUI, Y., FADDE, J., HUMPHRIES, R., MINEAR, J.T., NELSON, P.A., WOOSTER, J., WYDZGA, M.A., Gravel Augmentation: Lessons from the Laboratory, in Physical Modeling Experiments to Guide River Restoration Projects: Final Report (Restoration Manuals), Contract No. ERP-02D-P55, by Stillwater Sciences, UC Berkeley, and SFSU, Prepared for CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program, Sacramento, 2008. PDF

VENDITTI, J.G., CHURCH, M., and BENNETT, S.J., Initiation and Development of Dunes in River Channels, USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory Research Report No. 46, 2004. PDF

VENDITTI, J.G. (2003) Initiation and Development of Sand Dunes in River Channels.  Ph.D. Dissertation, University of British Columbia, 291 p. PDF - Appendices

VENDITTI, J.G., and BENNETT, S.J. Spectral Analysis of Turbulent Flow and Suspended Sediment Transport Over Fixed Dunes, USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory Research Report No. 11, 2000.

VENDITTI, J.G. (1997).  Spatial and Temporal Turbulence Structure over Sub-Aqueous Dunes: Field and Laboratory Experiments.  Masters Thesis, University of Southern California, 137 p.

VENDITTI, J.G., (1995).  Factors Affecting the Distribution of Heavy Metal Contaminants in Bed Sediments of Fraser Estuary.  Undergraduate Thesis, University of Guelph, 94 p.

KOSTASCHUK, R.A., S. PENTZ, S. SMITH, and J.G. VENDITTI, Effect of Placer Mining on Suspended Sediment, Yukon Placer Committee, Whitehorse, Yukon, 37 p., 1996.

KOSTASCHUK, R.A., S. PENTZ, and J.G. VENDITTI, A Preliminary Report on the Impact of Placer Mining on Suspended Sediment Concentration in McQuesten River, Placer Mining Section, Mineral Resources Directorate, Northern Affairs Program, Yukon Region, Whitehorse, Yukon, 17 p., 1995.




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