Sediment Balance of Clyde Estuary

by George Fleming, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Hydro.; Hydrocomp Intl., 591 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA; formerly, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Strathclyde Univ., Glasgow C.1, Scotland,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 11, Pg. 2219-2230

Document Type: Journal Paper


Active research in sediment transport should lead to the solution of practical engineering problems. With this in mind, the development of the Clyde Estuary in Scotland in relation to its sedimentation is considered. The historical facts relating to the changes in regime of the Estuary are listed and lead up to the present (1969) conditions. The results of 3 years of detailed research into the sediment transport conditions of the major rivers draining into the Estuary are presented. These include comparison of annual sediment loads computed by two different methods and the particle size of the transported sediment, together with typical graphs of the weekly suspended sediment loads transported by the rivers Clyde, White Cart, and Kelvin. The results of this research are then compared to the historical data and conclusions drawn.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Estuaries | Suspended loads | Sediment | Transportation engineering | Sediment loads | Load factors | Suspended sediment | Scotland | United Kingdom | Europe

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