2010 Volume 4 Pages 55-59
Production and transportation of suspended sediment was investigated by sampling surface soils in 18 domains over an entire river basin. Particle size distributions alone suggested that all domains were a source of suspended sediment. Chemical composition analysis however showed that the transport rate of suspended sediment was more closely related to the type of surface soil than to land use. A method was developed which enables estimation of the relative suspended sediment transport rates from each domain of a river basin to its downstream end. The model’s validity was verified through good agreement with field sampling results.