Journal article

Urban sediment supply to streams from hillslope sources

Kathryn L Russell, Geoff J Vietz, Tim D Fletcher

The Science of The Total Environment | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019


Coarse-grained sediments supplied to a stream, in concert with the flow regime, play an important role in channel form and functioning, but are poorly understood in urban catchments. Improved knowledge of coarse-grained (>0.5 mm) sediment sources and supply rates will underpin strategies to mitigate impacts of urbanization on streams. We quantified key hillslope (i.e. non-channel) sources of sediment in urban areas by monitoring coarse-grained sediment yields from nine street-scale stormwater catchments over one year. From our observations, we developed a suburban hillslope sediment budget and a conceptual model of the response of hillslope coarse-grained sediment supply to different levels ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program 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.