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U.S. Geological Survey research on surrogate measurements for suspended sediment

August 15, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey is evaluating potentially useful surrogate instruments and methods for inferring the physical characteristics of suspended sediments. Instruments operating on bulk acoustic, bulk and digital optic, laser, and pressure-differential technologies are being tested in riverine and laboratory settings for their usefulness to Federal agencies toward providing quantifiably reliable information on bed-material and bed-topography characteristics, and on concentrations, size distributions and transport rates of sediments in suspension and as bedload. The efficacy of four suspended-sediment surrogate technologies has been demonstrated to varying degrees of success in Kansas, Florida, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2003
Title U.S. Geological Survey research on surrogate measurements for suspended sediment
DOI
Authors John R. Gray, Theodore S. Melis, Eduardo Patiño, Matthew C. Larsen, David J. Topping, Patrick P. Rasmussen, Carlos Figueroa-Alamo
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Series Number
Index ID 70120662
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Office of Surface Water