On the Problem of Sediment Deposition in Large Reservoirs

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by R. M. Phatarford, Monash Univ,
T. E. Unny, Monash Univ,
K. Ponnambalam, Monash Univ,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering:

Abstract: Sediment deposition and its accumulation in a large reservoir depends on the inflow and reservoir storage content, respectively. This fact is used to model the cumulative deposition of sediment as an additive process defined on a bivariate Markov chain. Using the bivariate Markov chain model the mean and variance of the cumulative deposition of John Martin Reservoir, Colorado, U.S.A. are estimated and compared with observed sedimentation data.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Reservoirs | Markov process | Water storage | Water resources | Hydrologic models | Data processing | Inflow | North America | Colorado | United States

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