Time-Based Estimation of Reservoir Sedimentation Impacts

Project ID: 9072
Principal Investigator: Sean Kimbrel
Research Topic: Sediment Management and River Restoration
Funded Fiscal Years: 2016 and 2017
Keywords: None

Research Question

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.

Contributing Partners

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

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Time-Based Estimation of Reservoir Sedimentation Impacts (final, PDF, 1.7MB)
By Sean Kimbrel
Report completed on February 01, 2018

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