Sediment Discharge Measurement with a Point Sampler

by John J. Ingram, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, United States,
Steven R. Abt, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, United States,
E. V. Richardson, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Soil Properties Evaluation from Centrifugal Models and Field Performance


A procedure for measuring total sediment discharge using point-source suspended-sediment data was developed. The proposed procedure, Total Sediment Discharge (TSD), was tested with field data from Goodwin Creek, Mississippi. The TSD procedure provides sediment discharge measurements that are similar in magnitude to depth-integrated sediment discharge measurements. Advantages of the TSD procedure include automatic sampling, greater control in obtaining suspended-sediment samples, and the collection of near continuous measurements. Also, the use of point-source suspended-sediment samples requires less time in the field and lower sediment sampling costs.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Water discharge measurement | Suspended sediment | Flow measurement | Field tests | Automation and robotics | Water discharge | Rivers and streams | Mississippi | United States

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