Guidelines for assessing sediment dynamics in Alpine basins and channel reaches

Brardinoni F., Cavalli M., Heckmann T., Liebault F., Rimbock A., 2015, Guidelines for assessing sediment dynamics in Alpine basins and channel reaches, 2015,
URL: http://www.cnr.it/prodotto/i/332514

The management of Alpine catchments requires the knowledge of sediment dynamics; it is related to natural hazards and environmental quality, it may contribute to the infilling of reservoirs, and it is useful for both investigating the need for and assessing the effectiveness of erosion-control measures. In natural catchments, and even more so in those affected by human impacts, sediment transfer is spatially and temporally discontinuous. The SedAlp project addresses issues of sediment continuity and Work Package 4 (WP4), specifically, aims at evaluating sediment transfer spatially (i.e., location of sediment sources, sinks, and pathways) and quantitatively at the catchment scale. This report collates SedAlp studies related to this topic, explains the respective methodology, and gives recommendations. While it does not present an approach to compare catchments with respect to their sediment dynamics, it outlines a conceptual and methodological framework that can be a useful basis towards such purposes.

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