Time-Based Estimation of Reservoir Sedimentation Impacts
Can there be improvement upon empirical methods to estimate the spatial and temporal distribution of sediment
in reservoirs, and the time until sediment buries key features in reservoirs?
Need and Benefit
Reservoir Sedimentation will eventually impact all facilities located on a waterbody that naturally transports
sediment. Developing an approach to estimate the time when facilities that provide benefits (outlet works,
hydropower intakes, marinas, boat ramps) will be impacted is key in planning and prioritizing for the management
of reservoir sedimentation. An applicable, time-based estimation method will benefit natural resource managers
and planners in prioritizing and managing reservoir sedimentation to extend the life of reservoirs and facilities.
Extending the life of reservoirs and facilities benefits stakeholders that receive benefits from these facilities.
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