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Villatoro M., Amos C. L., Umgiesser G., Ferrarin C., Zaggia L., Thompson C. E., Are D. Sand transport measurements in Chioggia inlet, Venice lagoon: Theory versus observations. In: Continental Shelf Research, vol. 30 (8) pp. 1000 - 1018. The Coastal Morphodynamics of Venice Lagoon and its Inlets. Elsevier, 2012.
This paper presents results of recent measurements of sand transport made in Chioggia inlet as part of an extensive monitoring programme in the Venetian inlets. Measurements were made in order: (1) to define a relationship between sand transport magnitude and tidal flow; (2) to derive the thresholds for sand transport; (3) to identify the dominant modes of transport; (4) to evaluate the concentration profiles of sand within the benthic boundary layer; (5) to compare bedload transport observations with model predictions using existent bedload formulae; and (6) to produce yearly estimates of bedload transport across the inlet. The vertical distribution of sand in the water column was sampled using modified Helley-Smith bedload samplers at three sites. Transport was found to vary according to the flow and bed grain size, with considerable temporal and spatial variability. A difference of up to three orders of magnitude in transport was observed through the inlet, with higher transport rates measured on the seaward part. The dominant mode of transport in the central inlet was suspension, while bedload was dominant in the mouths. The measured profiles of sand concentration varied with the tidal stage and seabed grain size according to the Rouse parameter (R). R was high at the inlet mouths (1
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2009.06.008
DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2009.06.008
Subject sediment dynamics

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