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Aeolian mass flux data for the Colorado Plateau

June 20, 2023

These data were compiled to measure airborne horizontal mass flux of sediments moved by wind across soils, climates, vegetation types, and land uses on the Colorado Plateau. Objectives of our study were to quantify spatial and temporal patterns in wind erosion and further our understanding of how soil and site setting, climate, and land uses are controlling wind erosion and horizontal mass flux. These data represent seasonal cumulative horizontal mass flux as measured using passive aspirated sediment traps, Big Spring Number Eight (BSNE) samplers. These data were collected in Grand and San Juan counties, Utah, and Mesa County, Colorado, USA between August 2017 and November 2020. These data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center - Moab, UT, Research Station staff through field visits, that included physically collecting the sediment samples and processing them in the laboratory three times per year. These data can be used to represent the horizontal mass flux of the sampled plots averaged over the seasonal time steps of sampling, for the date ranges represented.

Publication Year 2023
Title Aeolian mass flux data for the Colorado Plateau
DOI 10.5066/P9ZQNFMZ
Authors Travis W Nauman
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Southwest Biological Science Center - Flagstaff, AZ, Headquarters