Estimating suspended sediment in rivers using acoustic Doppler meters

Fact Sheet 2014-3038
Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project



Key Points
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2009) estimates that excessive sediment is the leading cause of water-quality impairment in water bodies in the United States. The cost of damages attributable to sediment is high, estimated at more than $20 billion annually (Osterkamp and others, 2004).
- Sediment monitoring is essential to informed solutions to sediment-related issues. However, sediment monitoring by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has decreased considerably over the past quarter century.
- New techniques that make use of acoustic backscatter have shown great potential for accurately and cost-effectively estimating suspended-sediment concentrations.

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Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Estimating suspended sediment in rivers using acoustic Doppler meters
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2014-3038
DOI 10.3133/fs20143038
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of Surface Water
Description 4 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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