Do we know how much fluvial sediment reaches the sea? Decreased river monitoring of U.S. coastal rivers

Hydrological Processes
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Abstract

Given the present and future changing climate and human changes to land use and river control, river sediment fluxes to coastal systems are changing and will continue to change in the future. To delineate these changes and their effects, it is increasingly important to document the fluxes of river-borne sediment discharged to the sea. Unfortunately, broad-scale river sediment monitoring programs established more than 50 years ago in the U.S. have diminished substantially and now focus principally on the largest rivers and estuaries. Unless addressed, these data gaps will provide significant challenges in addressing fundamental scientific and management questions about the effects of climate change and sea-level rise in our estuaries and on our coasts.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Do we know how much fluvial sediment reaches the sea? Decreased river monitoring of U.S. coastal rivers
Series title Hydrological Processes
DOI 10.1002/hyp.13276
Volume 32
Issue 23
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 3561
Last page 3567