On the Problem of Sediment Deposition in Large Reservoirs

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


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 | Water resources | Water storage | Chemical additives | Hydrologic models | Statistics | Markov process | Colorado | United States

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