Field Evaluation of the Error Arising from Inadequate Time Averaging in the Standard Use of Depth-Integrating Suspended-Sediment Samplers

Field Evaluation of the Error Arising from Inadequate Time Averaging in the Standard Use of Depth-Integrating Suspended-Sediment Samplers

by U.S. Department of the Interior

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Field Evaluation of the Error Arising from Inadequate Time Averaging in the Standard Use of Depth-Integrating Suspended-Sediment Samplers by U.S. Department of the Interior

Several common methods for measuring suspended-sediment concentration in rivers in the United States use depthintegrating samplers to collect a velocity-weighted suspended sediment sample in a subsample of a river cross section. Because depth-integrating samplers are always moving through the water column as they collect a sample, and can collect only a limited volume of water and suspended sediment, they collect only minimally time averaged data. Four sources of error exist in the field use of these samplers: (1) bed contamination, (2) pressure-driven inrush, (3) inadequate sampling of the crossstream spatial structure in suspended-sediment concentration, and (4) inadequate time averaging. The first two of these errors arise from misuse of suspended-sediment samplers, and the third has been the subject of previous study using data collected in the sand-bedded Middle Loup River in Nebraska. Of these four sources of error, the least understood source of error arises from the fact that depth-integrating samplers collect only minimally time-averaged data.

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ISBN-13: 9781496083364
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.22(d)

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