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Sediment Data-Collection Techniques

Course code: USGS-OED-SW1091
Course title: Sediment Data-Collection Techniques
Description: This training course is intended to provide instruction in basic sediment data-collection techniques with principal emphasis on: basic fluvial-sediment concepts; sampler characteristics; field techniques for sampling with suspended-sediment, bed material, and bedload samplers; laboratory analyses of sediment samplers; overview of computation of sediment-discharge records; selected methods for estimating sediment properties from surrogate technologies based on bulk-optic, digital-optic, laser, acoustic, and densimetric principles including selected demos; overview of a protocol using continuous turbidity and streamflow data to compute suspended-sediment discharge records; description of the characteristics of a suite of pressure-difference bedload samplers patterned after the Helley-Smith sampler; quality-assurance procedures; and other sediment-related subjects both centered on the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.
To gain the basic sediment data-collection techniques. About half of the course period is devoted to "hands-on" field experience using a variety of samplers and techniques from bridges over and wading in west-central Washington streams including those draining the Mt. St. Helens region.
Hand calculators are required for some classroom work. Paper tablets will be provided for notes but pre-printed lecture notes will not be distributed. In lieu of pre-printed lecture notes, an SW1091 course website containing all the presentations and a plethora of other information germane to sediment-data collection and -analysis techniques will be provided before the training session. Students will have the option of printing lecture notes to carry to the class if they wish. The website will also provide the agenda, maps, lodging details, and other links of interest.
Target Audience:
Personnel who are actively engaged in/plan on becoming involved in/or supervise individuals engaged in sediment or water-quality data-collection activities; those interested in sediment-surrogate technologies for suspended-sediment-bed-material and bedload-data collection; anyone who is or will be actively involved in the collection of data for a Surface-Water Toxic Waste, NAWQA or NASQAN Programs, coal hydrology studies, geomorphic assessments that require fluvial-sediment data, science-supported activities for stream restoration, and other monitoring or research endeavors involving fluvial sediment.
Class participation>/b> is limited to 28 students. A minimum of 18 registrants is required to hold the class. Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class, although those taking the class are encouraged to take, before or after, the USGS National Training Center course, SW2096, ‚ÄúSediment Records Computation and Interpretation‚ÄĚ.
Delivery method: ILT
Instructional hours: 40
Credits/CEUs: 0
Vendor: USGS Water
Contact:Gary Johnson 217-328-9720
Internal Tuition:2300.00
Prerequisites:Those taking this Course are encouraged to take (before or after) SW2096, Sediment Records Computation and Interpretation.
Requires Approval:Yes
Responsible Bureau:U.S. Geological Survey

Class Name Class Start Class End Location Contact # Seats Left Cost Registration
USGS-2018-0305-Castle Rock, WA (8am PT) 2018-03-05 2018-03-09 Castle Rock, WA
Mt. St. Helens Motel-Rose Tree Conference Room
Gary Johnson
(217-328-9720 or
3 $2,565.00 Register

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