Water & Watersheds: Fine Sediment in Pools
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Fine Sediment In Pools
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V* is a measure of the supply of excess fine sediment (sand and fine gravel) in gravel bed channels. The method was developed in 1990 as part of our work on the effects of sediment on channel form. Measuring the
fraction of pool volume filled with fine sediment (Hilton and Lisle,
1993) describes applications and limitations of the technique and how
to measure V* in a pool and in a reach. Fine
bed material in pools of natural gravel bed channels (Lisle
and Hilton, 1999) covers much of what we've learned about fine bed material
and V* in the past 9 years.
You can also search our publications for other references on V*.
We have available here 'Lotus 123 v5' or 'Microsoft Excel'
spreadsheets to calculate individual pool and reach mean
water volume, fine sediment volume, and V*, and reach mean V* variance; instructions on using the spreadsheets; an example file;
and notes on some potentially confusing pool
For calculating V* from pool measurement data. Download by clicking
the link and using your browser to save to a file.
- vstar.wk4--calculates pool and reach mean V*.
Includes instructions and plots. Lotus 123 v5 or later.
- fip.wk1--a minimal, one pool spreadsheet we use on our palmtops.
Includes random xsec locations for field use.
- varv.wk1--a single sheet to calculate reach mean V* and variance.
- fip.xls--the Excel equivalent of fip.wk1.
- varv.xls-- the Excel equivalent of varv.wk1.
Instructions for Fip.wk1 and Varv.wk1,
which also work for Fip.xls and Varv.xls
The instructions for vstar.WK4 are in the workbook, on the instructions sheet.
llm1999.wk1 is an example data file for a pool.
To use it, copy all the cells with data in them starting at cell B1
(for the example sheet, that's B1-P30) and paste into Fip.xxx starting at cell
B1 or into vstar.WK4 starting at cell B4.
Notes describes some potentially confusing pool
measurement situations and how we deal with them.