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Perks, Matthew T; Warburton, Jeff (2016): Glaisdale Beck diversion scheme - channel change and suspended sediment response. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Perks, MT; Warburton, J (2016): Reduced fine sediment flux in response to the managed diversion of an upland river channel. Earth Surface Dynamics, 4, 705-719,

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This paper describes the implementation of a novel mitigation approach and subsequent adaptive management, designed to reduce the transfer of fine sediment in Glaisdale Beck; a small upland catchment in the UK. Hydro-meteorological and suspended sediment datasets are collected over a two year period spanning pre- and post-diversion periods in order to assess the impact of the channel reconfiguration scheme on the fluvial suspended sediment dynamics. Analysis of the river response demonstrates that the fluvial sediment system has become more restrictive with reduced fine sediment transfer. This is characterised by reductions in flow-weighted mean suspended sediment concentrations from 77.93 mg/l prior to mitigation, to 74.36 mg/l following the diversion. A Mann-Whitney U test found statistically significant differences (p < 0.001) between the pre- and post-monitoring median SSCs. Whilst application of one-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) on the coefficients of sediment rating curves developed before and after the diversion found statistically significant differences (p < 0.001), with both Log a and b coefficients becoming smaller following the diversion. Non-parametric analysis indicates a reduction in residuals through time (p < 0.001), with the developed LOWESS model over-predicting sediment concentrations as the channel stabilises. However, the channel is continuing to adjust to the reconfigured morphology, with evidence of a headward propagating knickpoint which has migrated 120 m at an exponentially decreasing rate over the last 7 years since diversion. The study demonstrates that channel reconfiguration can be effective in mitigating fine sediment flux in upland streams but the full value of this may take many years to achieve whilst the fluvial system, slowly readjusts.
Median Latitude: 54.426275 * Median Longitude: -0.824558 * South-bound Latitude: 54.425397 * West-bound Longitude: -0.825385 * North-bound Latitude: 54.426861 * East-bound Longitude: -0.824007
Date/Time Start: 1998-12-02T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2016-05-26T05:30:00
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