Development of new sensors for monitoring velocity and sediment discharge in a watershed

Robert Stewart, William Ford, Jimmy Fox, Cindy Harnett

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Abstract

This study examines inexpensive sensors to monitor sediment discharge at the watershed scale to better understand the temporal and spatial distribution of sediment flux. The sensors examined are part of a quasi real-time sediment discharge monitoring network currently being developed. The effectiveness of the sensors to measure velocity and sediment concentration was assessed under field and laboratory conditions. Laboratory measurements were used to create a calibration curve which was then compared to measurements made in the field. Results of the study show that the sensors are capable of making temporally resolute measurements of velocity and sediment concentration. Errors in sediment concentration may be attributed to experimental design or secondary variables such as size distribution and color.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011
Subtitle of host publicationBearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
Pages2406-2420
Number of pages15
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Palm Springs, CA, United States
Duration: May 22 2011May 26 2011

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Conference

ConferenceWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalm Springs, CA
Period5/22/115/26/11

Keywords

  • Monitoring
  • Probe instruments
  • Sediment
  • Velocity
  • Watersheds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science

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