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Sediment yield and spurious correlation-toward a better portrayal of the annual suspendend-sediment load of rivers

Geomorphology

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Abstract

Bivariate relations between annual sediment yield (tons per year per unit drainage area) and drainage-basin area are spurious because drainage-basin area is common to both axes. Two alternative methods for portraying the annual suspended-sediment load of a river are suggested. One method consists of plotting suspended-sediment load (tons per year) against distance downstream. Such plots indicate that annual suspended-sediment load does not necessarily have a linear relationship with distance. The second method consists of plotting annual suspended-sediment load against drainage-basin area. Both methods more accurately portray fundamental relations between annual sediment load and drainage-basin characteristics than does the yield-area relation because spurious correlation is avoided. Plots were made of annual suspended-sediment load versus time for several stations along each of eight rivers for the 10-15 years of available data. The plots are in-phase with respect to relative magnitude of annual sediment loads. ?? 1988.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Sediment yield and spurious correlation-toward a better portrayal of the annual suspendend-sediment load of rivers
Series title:
Geomorphology
Volume
1
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
309
Last page:
316
Number of Pages:
8