Journal article

Global sediment yields from urban and urbanizing watersheds

Kathryn L Russell, Geoff J Vietz, Tim D Fletcher

Earth-Science Reviews | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017


Streams with urban watersheds are almost universally subject to degradation, largely driven by changes to flow and sediment inputs from the watershed. However, the impact of urbanization on sediment yields of urban watersheds is poorly understood. We undertook a comprehensive review of global responses of fine-grained and coarse-grained sediment yields to different phases of urbanization and compared them to a long-standing conceptual model. The summarized yields showed a great deal of variability, but were consistent with the widely-used conceptual model for watersheds with active construction. Importantly, however, the yields for established urban areas tended to be higher than previously ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The data reported in the paper are presented in the Supplementary materials. This work was funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and the Melbourne Waterway Research Practice Partnership ( Fletcher was supported by the Australian Research Council (FT100100144) during part of this study. The funding sources had no direct involvement in the study.