YR 2018

Rice Sedimentology Rapid Response to Yellow River Flood

This July, Rice Sedimentology ventured to the Yellow River (China) in response to an engineered flood, which released sediment and water from the Xiaolangdi Reservoir located ~1000 km upstream of the river outlet. The field campaign was led by Andrew Moodie, who seeks to determine how suspended sediment promotes density stratification and alters turbulent flow structure, which impacts water velocity and sediment transport capacity. Sediment and water discharge conditions varied throughout the campaign, which allowed for the examination of density stratification over a range of conditions. The study was conducted ~80 km upstream the river outlet, and the data collected include water samples, sediment samples, and vertical velocity profiles. Moodie will share his results at AGU 2018, so please stay tuned to hear about this exciting new science!