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Sediment Data-Collection Techniques

Course code: USGS-OED-SW1091
Course title: Sediment Data-Collection Techniques
Description: This training course is intended to provide instruction in basic sediment data-collection techniques with principal emphasis on: basic fluvial-sediment concepts; sampler characteristics; field techniques for sampling with suspended-sediment, bed material, and bedload samplers; laboratory analyses of sediment samplers; overview of computation of sediment-discharge records; selected methods for estimating sediment properties from surrogate technologies based on bulk-optic, digital-optic, laser, acoustic, and densimetric principles including selected demos; overview of a protocol using continuous turbidity and streamflow data to compute suspended-sediment discharge records; description of the characteristics of a suite of pressure-difference bedload samplers patterned after the Helley-Smith sampler; quality-assurance procedures; and other sediment-related subjects both centered on the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.
To gain the basic sediment data-collection techniques. About half of the course period is devoted to "hands-on" field experience using a variety of samplers and techniques from bridges over and wading in west-central Washington streams including those draining the Mt. St. Helens region.
Hand calculators are required for some classroom work. Paper tablets will be provided for notes but pre-printed lecture notes will not be distributed. In lieu of pre-printed lecture notes, an SW1091 course website containing all the presentations and other needed information will be provided beforehand.
Target Audience:
Personnel who are actively engaged in/plan on becoming involved in/or supervise individuals engaged in sediment or water-quality data-collection activities; those interested in sediment-surrogate technologies for suspended-sediment-bed-material and bedload-data collection; anyone who is or will be actively involved in the collection of data for a Surface-Water Toxic Waste, NAWQA or NASQAN Programs, coal hydrology studies, geomorphic assessments that require fluvial-sediment data, science-supported activities for stream restoration, and other monitoring or research endeavors involving fluvial sediment.
Delivery method: ILT
Instructional hours: 40
Credits/CEUs: 0
Vendor: USGS Water

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