Sediment Erosion Rate in the Baltimore Harbor

by Jerome P.-Y. Maa,
Larry Sanford,
Jeffrey P. Halka,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


In-situ erosion experiments were conducted at four selected sites in the Baltimore harbor in May 1995 using the VIMS Sea Carousel. The measurements showed that the erosion rate decreased with time. The measured erosion rate was minimum at the outer harbor mouth and increased towards the inner harbor. The measured critical bed shear stress, τcr depended on the presence of a fluff layer. If a fluff layer was present, τcr, = 0.05 Pa. If no fluff layer, τcr = 0.1 Pa.

Subject Headings: Erosion | Ports and harbors | Sediment | Shear stress | Sediment transport | Field tests | Site investigation | Seas and oceans | Baltimore | Maryland | United States

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