he Model of Riverine PHysical form and Eco-geomorphic Dynamics (MoRPHED) computes sediment transport and channel evolution in gravel-bed rivers. Initially developed for braided rivers, MoRPHED simplifies sediment transport by mobilizing particles downstream according to a user-specified path length distribution. In effect, MoRPHED simplifies the numerical simulation of geomorphic processes, allowing longer simulations at better resolution.

Funding & Development

Development of MoRPHED is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (Award #7086465). 

MoRPHED was originally conceptualized, and is written, by Alan Kasprak, Konrad Hafen, and Joe Wheaton at Utah State University. Extensive development assistance was provided by Philip Bailey (North Arrow Research), Matt Nahorniak (South Fork Research), James Brasington (Queen Mary University of London), and James Hensleigh, Sara Bangen, and Eric Wall (all of Utah State University).


The software is reasonably self-explanatory to use, but there is help documentation and tutorials available.
  •  ReadMe Page (includes installation procedures, description, input requirements and GNU License)


MoRPHED is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. You're free to modify and share our work, so long as you (a) acknowledge our original contribution, (b) use the work for non-commercial purposes, and (c) promise to let others share any resultant modifications you make to our work. The full license is Available Here.