High-precision measurements of wetland sediment elevation. I. Recent improvements to the sedimentation--erosion table

Journal of Sedimentary Research
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Abstract

The sedimentation-erosion table (SET) developed by Boumans and Day (1993) is herein renamed the surface elevation table (SET) to better reflect the conceptual view of the processes being measured. The SET was designed for making high-resolution measurements of small-scale changes in elevation of loose, unconsolidated sediments in shallow water and mudflat habitats. The SET has undergone three major improvements to increase precision and so that it can be used to measure sediment elevation in vegetated wetlands as well as shallow water habitats. The remote-release 'sliding plate' mechanism has been replaced with a single plate, collars (first 2.5 cm then 7.5 cm in length) have been attached to the plate to reduce play in the placement of the measuring pins, and the brass measuring pins have been replaced with fiberglass pins to reduce bending and consequent loss of precision. Under ideal laboratory conditions, the 95% confidence limit for individual pin measurements averaged about A? 1.4 mm (range A? 0.7 to A? 1.9 mm). These modifications have resulted in a reduction of error by about 50%.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title High-precision measurements of wetland sediment elevation. I. Recent improvements to the sedimentation--erosion table
Series title Journal of Sedimentary Research
DOI 10.1306/020702720730
Volume 72
Issue 5
Year Published 2002
Language English
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description p. 730-733
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Sedimentary Research
First page 730
Last page 733
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