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Geophysical Monograph Series



  • sediment fingerprinting
  • sediment budgets
  • stream restoration
  • radionuclides
  • erosion
  • sediment storage

Index Terms

  • 4558 Oceanography: Physical: Sediment transport
  • 1815 Hydrology: Erosion
  • 1625 Global Change: Geomorphology and weathering
  • 1804 Hydrology: Catchment



Sediment Source Fingerprinting (Tracing) and Sediment Budgets as Tools in Targeting River and Watershed Restoration Programs

A. C. Gellis and D. E. Walling

Management strategies that focus on stream and watershed restoration with the goal of reducing erosion and sediment flux should be founded on a sound understanding of the sediment sources contributing to the sediment flux and the overall sediment budget of the watershed in question. This understanding can be provided by undertaking complementary sediment source fingerprinting and sediment-budgeting investigations. The sediment fingerprinting approach quantifies the relative importance of the potential sediment sources in a watershed. The sediment budget approach provides information on the magnitude of the fluxes and the links between sources, sinks, and sediment output. Combining the two approaches can provide resource managers with information on where to target measures to reduce erosion, sediment delivery, and the net transport of sediment.

Citation: A. C.Gellis, and D. E. Walling (2011), Sediment source fingerprinting (tracing) and sediment budgets as tools in targeting river and watershed restoration programs, in Stream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 194, edited by A. Simon, S. J. Bennett and J. M. Castro, pp. 263–291, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2010GM000960.

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