Sediment transport measurements: Chapter 5

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Edited by: Marcelo H. García



Sediment erosion, transport, and deposition in fluvial systems are complex processes that are treated in detail in other sections of this book. Development of methods suitable for the collection of data that contribute to understanding these processes is a still-evolving science. Sediment and ancillary data are fundamental requirements for the proper management of river systems, including the design of structures, the determination of aspects of stream behavior, ascertaining the probable effect of removing an existing structure, estimation of bulk erosion, transport, and sediment delivery to the oceans, ascertaining the long-term usefulness of reservoirs and other public works, tracking movement of solid-phase contaminants, restoration of degraded or otherwise modified streams, and assistance in the calibration and validation of numerical models.

This chapter presents techniques for measuring bed-material properties and suspended and bed-load discharges. Well-established and relatively recent, yet adequately tested, sampling equipment and methodologies, with designs that are guided by sound physical and statistical principles, are described. Where appropriate, the theory behind the development of the equipment and guidelines for its use are presented.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Sediment transport measurements: Chapter 5
Series number 110
DOI 10.1061/9780784408148.ch05
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Contributing office(s) Office of Surface Water
Description 47 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Sedimentation engineering: processes, measurements, modeling, and practice
First page 307
Last page 353