This course is intended for those who wish to understand and apply the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design. Principles of open channel flow and sediment transport are combined with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in the appropriate context. Tools for estimating sediment supply at the watershed to reach level are applied in class exercises. Threshold and alluvial channel design methods are presented along with guidelines for assessing and incorporating uncertainty. The course balances advance reading, lecture, field work, and hands-on exercises for estimating sediment supply, calculating sediment transport rates, and forecasting channel response to water and sediment supply. This course is intended for participants who are familiar with basic principles of river geomorphology.
Students may obtain four Continuing Education Units (CEU) for successful completion of the course. The CEU will be reported on an official USU transcript. You may register for CEU credit through this portal. If you register for CEU credit, you do not need to register via the standard registration page. If you do not need CEU credit, please use the standard registration page.
Note: The course covers a large amount of material. There are readings required in advance of the class, the week itself is intense, and there is additional reading and material to support your application of the principles after the course. Please sign up only if you plan to do the advance work!
- Assessment of sediment sources and sinks using historic data, remote sensing, and field observations
- Threshold and alluvial channel models with guidelines for assessment and design incorporating uncertainty
- Sediment transport calculations: challenges and methods, sediment rating curves, cumulative transport
- Field measurement of sediment transport and guidance for different sampling approaches
- Use of 1-d flow and transport models: using HEC-RAS for evaluation of flow competence and sediment transport capacity
- Class project incorporating gravel augmentation into channel design for dynamic fish habitat
COVID-19 Information: We believe that infection and vaccination trends are such that the course can be offered face-to-face. We take public health guidelines seriously and will follow recommended practices, which may include some combination of masks and physical separation indoors, outdoors instruction, and limited numbers/open windows during transit for field trips. If COVID-19 trends require the class to be cancelled, full refunds of the course registration fee will be made.
Peter Wilcock (course director) - Professor, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Tyler Allred, Principal, Allred Restoration
Patrick Belmont, Professor and Head, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University