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Near-bed turbulence and sediment flux measurements in tidal channels

September 16, 2014

Understanding the hydrodynamics and sediment transport dynamics in tidal channels is important for studies of estuary geomorphology, sediment supply to tidal wetlands, aquatic ecology and fish habitat, and dredging and navigation. Hydrodynamic and sediment transport data are essential for calibration and testing of numerical models that may be used to address management questions related to these topics. Herein we report preliminary analyses of near-bed turbulence and sediment flux measurements in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a large network of tidal channels and wetlands located at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, California, USA (Figure 1). Measurements were made in 6 channels spanning a wide range of size and tidal conditions, from small channels that are primarily fluvial to large channels that are tidally dominated. The results of these measurements are summarized herein and the hydrodynamic and sediment transport characteristics of the channels are compared across this range of size and conditions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Near-bed turbulence and sediment flux measurements in tidal channels
Authors S.A. Wright, D.R. Whealdon-Haught
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70042632
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization California Water Science Center