Science Inventory

INFLUENCE OF SEDIMENT SUPPLY, LITHOLOGY, AND WOOD DEBRIS ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF BEDROCK AND ALLUVIAL CHANNELS

Citation:

Massong, T. M. AND D. R. Montgomery. INFLUENCE OF SEDIMENT SUPPLY, LITHOLOGY, AND WOOD DEBRIS ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF BEDROCK AND ALLUVIAL CHANNELS. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN. Geological Society of America, BOULDER, CO, 112(5):591-599, (2000).

Description:

Field surveys in the Willapa River basin, Washington State, indicate that the drainage area?channel slope threshold describing the distribution of bedrock and alluvial channels is influenced by the underlying lithology and that local variations in sediment supply can overwhelm basinwide trends. Field data from 90 short-reach surveys indicate that about one-eighth of the surveyed reaches do not conform to a threshold defined by data from free-formed alluvial and bedrock reaches due to the effects of logjams or local sediment sources or sinks. Mapping of channel type distributions in 18 extended reconnaissance surveys of >100 channel widths in channel length show that 75% of the channel network was alluvial, but that the proportion of forced alluvial channels varies from 0% to 84%. Using the drainage area-slope thresholds defined by bedrock and alluvial data from the short-reach surveys was correctly classified from a 10 m grid digital elevation model. Of the misclassified reaches, 80% of the alluvial channels predicted to be bedrock had forced alluvial morphologies, while almost half of the bedrock channels predicted to be alluvial were forced by low sediment supply, typically due to their location immediately downstream of large channel-spanning logjams. Poor representation of reach-scale slope in the digital topography and/or stochastic influence of sediment wave propagation likely account for the remaining misclassified channels, which together compose 7% of the total surveyed channel length. Although variations in sediment supply can locally overwhelm the channel type predicted by the threshold model, the effects of logjams masks any influence of propagating sediment waves on the distribution of bedrock and alluvial channels in the Willapa River basin.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 12/13/2000
Record Last Revised: 12/22/2005
Record ID: 83048

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

WATERSHED ECOLOGY BRANCH