TOPIC: Use of Remote Sensing to Monitor Suspended Sediment Concentrations in the Middle Mississippi River

SPEAKER: Amanda Cox, PhD, P.E..

DATE: Thursday, December 15, 2016

TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm

LOCATION: Missouri University of Science and Technology OR Webinar Attendance

This presentation will be broadcast live over a webinar. Registration is free for in-person (at USGS in Rolla) or webinar attendance. Advance registration is required by noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Please register online in advance at the following link:

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Suspended sediment concentration (SSC) and suspended sediment load (SSL) along the Middle-Mississippi River (MMR) and its tributaries are of significant interest to researchers, engineers, scientists, and water resources managers as sediment erosion, deposition, and transport are fundamental to its geomorphic and ecological condition. Due to the importance of understanding the local sediment budget of the MMR, considerable state and federal funds have been spent to continuously monitor and characterize the spatial and temporal variability of SSC and SSL within the region. A network of continuous monitoring stations along the Mississippi River and its tributaries supply publically-available measurements of SSC, SSL and turbidity that have been used to quantify regional and basin-wide sediment transport. Currently, there are 14 gauges that monitor water quality parameters along five rivers that flow into the MMR in the states of Missouri and Illinois. Recent advancements of remote sensing technology have led to capabilities to characterize surficial SSC in fluvial environments that can be used to supplement the data gaps in many SSC and SSL time-series at monitoring stations in the region.

Amanda Cox, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Saint Louis University (SLU). She joined SLU in 2013 and her areas of research include surface-water hydraulics, urban drainage, erosion and sedimentation, hydraulic structures, river engineering, stream restoration, and stormwater erosion. She is currently conducting research in the areas of particle incipient motion, fluvial geomorphology forecasting, and remote-sensing methods for estimating suspended sediment concentration. Prior to joining SLU, she was a Research Scientist and Laboratory Manager at the Colorado State University (CSU) Hydraulics Laboratory where she completed several research projects primarily focused in the broad area of hydraulic modeling. Dr. Cox received her BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and she received her MS degree and PhD degree in Civil Engineering from CSU specializing in Hydraulic Engineering.

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