The continuous monitoring of bed load flux in various fluvial environments

Jonathan B. Laronne, Yulia Alexandrov, Nathaniel Bergman, Hai Cohen, Celso Garcia, Helmut Habersack, D. Mark Powell, Ian Reid

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We present detailed advantages and limitations of an accurate, reliable, durable and relatively cheap means of continuously monitoring bed load flux and texture using Birkbeck-type slot samplers based on almost a quarter of a century of data. These have been derived from alpine, mid-latitude perennial, Mediterranean, semiarid, and arid fluvial settings in rivers 1-40 m wide that have characteristic surface bed materials in the sand-granule to cobble range. Methods of construction and principles of operation, calibration, data handling, ranges of flux rates and textural characteristics of bed load are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number283
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2003
EventErosion Sediment Transport Measurement in Rivers: Techlogical and Methodological Advances - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 19 Jun 200221 Jun 2002


  • Bed load flux
  • Cessation of motion
  • Incipient motion
  • Sampling
  • Texture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Oceanography


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