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IDO/ kf Depth Profiles

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Points of Hydraulic Measurements


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Description of measuring methods

Surface and subsurface sediment sampling

Sediment sampling involve collecting sediments with the help of shovels, for instance, and bringing them to the lab for drying (conventionally at 105 °C for 24 h) and subsequent dry sieving with sieves according to the Wentworth (1922) scale. Sieving analyses of surface and subsurface samples from the overlayer and underlayer, respectively, enable to derive several sedimentological parameters that characterize the substrate. Another method for subsurface sampling is the freeze core method (Carling & Reader, 1981), which involves pulling out frozen sediment samples from the riverbed with a tripod.

MultiPAC for substrate assessment

MultiPAC (Negreiros et al., 2023; Seitz, 2020) is a multi-parameter approach to assess riverbed clogging and vertical hyporheic connectivity, which consists of measuring multiple riverbed physico-chemical parameters, namely riverbed:

  • grain size characteristics
  • porosity
  • interstitial dissolved oxygen (IDO)
  • hydraulic conductivity (kf)
The grain size and riverbed porosity are derived from freeze cores and represent bulk parameter values for a given xy measurement point. The interstitial dissolved oxygen (IDO) and hydraulic conductivity (kf) are measured as vertical profiles along the riverbed depth and thus enable to locate depths layers with low hyporheic habitat quality.


Measuring setup for the hydraulic conductivity (kf)


Measuring setup for the hydraulic conductivity (left) freeze core method (right)

In-situ flow velocity measurements

Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV) devices (e.g., Flowtracker2, SonTek) enables to determine multi-dimensional flow velocity vectors (x, y, and z) of surface flow. This data is crucial for the validation of hydrodynamic numerical models. Additional hydrodynamic data, such as turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), can be derived from measured temporal velocity fluctuations to investigate morphological features for habitat enhancement.

The FlowTracker2 uses acoustic Doppler technology to measure velocity at multiple points in a water column. The device consists of a handheld unit that houses the electronics and transducers, and a set of probes that are inserted into the water to take velocity measurements. The device can measure velocity in both shallow and deep water, and is suitable for a range of applications, in particular river or stream gauging.


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