Use of radiometric fingerprints to derive information on suspended sediment sources

D. E. Walling, J. C. Woodward

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There is an increasing need for information on suspended sediment sources which is difficult to meet using traditional monitoring techniques. The fingerprinting technique offers an alternative approach, but it is important to select appropriate fingerprinting properties. Fallout radionuclide concentrations appear to offer considerable potential as fingerprinting properties, since they are essentially independent of lithology and soil type and can clearly distinguish surficial and channel sources. Examples of the use of 137Cs, unsupported 210Pb and 7Be concentrations to decipher suspended sediment sources in two small drainage basins in Devon, are presented. -Authors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErosion and sediment monitoring programmes in river basins. Proc. international symposium, Oslo, 1992|
EditorsJ. Bolen
PublisherInternational Association of Hydrological Sciences
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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