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Contact John R. Gray Data-Collection, Processing and Analysis Guidelines/Standards Gray, J.R., and Landers, M.N., 2013, Measuring Suspended Sediment, in, Ahuja S. (ed.) Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification, United States of America. Elsevier, vol. 12, p. 159-204. Diplas, P, Kuhnle, R., Gray, J.R., Glysson, G.D., and Edwards, T.K., 2008, "Sediment Transport Measurements": ASCE Manual 110, Chapter 5, pp. 307-353. Gray, J.R. and SimõesF.J.M, 2008, Estimating Sediment Discharge: ASCE Manual 110, Appendix D, pp. 1067-1088. Bent, G.C., Gray, J.R., Smith, K.P., and Glysson, G.D., 2001, A synopsis of technical issues for monitoring sediment in highway and urban runoff: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 00-497, 51 p. Bunte, Kristin; Abt, Steven R. 2001. Sampling surface and subsurface particle-size distributions in wadable gravel-and cobble-bed streams for analyses in sediment transport, hydraulics, and streambed monitoring. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-74. Fort Collins,CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 428 p. Davis, Broderick E., 2005, A guide to the proper selection and use of federally approved sediment and water-quality samplers. Edwards, Thomas K. and Glysson, G. Douglas, 1999, Field methods for measurement of fluvial sediment: Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations of the U.S. Geological Survey, Book 3, Applications of Hydraulics, Chapter 2, 89 p. (pdf = 154M) Folk, Robert L., Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks: Hemphill Publishing Company, Austin, Texas, 182 p. Glysson, G.D., 1987, Sediment Transport Curves: USGS Open-File Report 87-218 Johnson, Gary P., Instruction Manual for U.S. Geological Survey Sediment Observers: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-431, 35 p. Nolan, K. Michael, Gray, John R., and Glysson, G. Douglas, 2005, Introduction to suspended-sediment sampling: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2005-5077. Monitoring & Networks The Vigil Network Osterkamp, W.R., and Gray, J.R., U.S. Geological Survey Programs and Investigations Related to Soil and Water Conservations (pdf = 197K) Osterkamp, W.R., and Gray, J.R., 2003, A proposed international watershed research network: Proceedings of the 1st Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, Benson, Arizona, October 28-30, 2003 (pdf = 141K) Osterkamp, W.R., Heilman, P., and Jane, L.J., 1998, Economic considerations of a continental sediment-monitoring program: International Journal of Sediment Research, Vol. 13, No. 4, pgs. 12-24. Data Quality & Accuracy Gray, J.R., and Glysson, G.D., 2001, Collection and use of total suspended solids data: U.S. Forest Service Stream Systems Technology Center, STREAM Notes, April, pp. 6-7. Gray, John R., Glysson, G. Douglas, and Mueller, David S., Comparability and Accuracy of Fluvial-Sediment Data - A View from the U. S. Geological Survey; Proceedings of the ASCE Specialty Conference, Hydraulic Measurements & Experimental Methods Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, July 28-August 1, 2002 (pdf = 312K) A Comparison of Load Estimates Using Total Suspended Solids and Suspended-Sediment Concentration Data, in American Society of Civil Engineering's Proceeding of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, May 20-24, 2001 (pdf = [an error occurred while processing this directive]) Gray, John R., Glysson, G. Douglas, Turcios, Lisa M., and Schwarz, Gregory E., 2000: Comparability of Suspended-Sediment Concentration and Total Suspended Solids Data, Water Resources Investigations Report 00-4191, 14 p. (pdf = [an error occurred while processing this directive]) Glysson, G.D., Gray, J.R., and Conge, L.M., Adjustment of Total Suspended Solids Data for Use in Sediment Studies: 10 p. (pdf = [an error occurred while processing this directive]) Models Schwarz, G.E., Alexander, R.B., Smith, R.A., and Gray, J.R., , 2003, Recent Progress in the Development of a SPARROW Model of Sediment for the Conterminous U.S., in Renard, Kenneth G., McElroy, Stephen A., Gburek, William J., Canfield, H. Evan and Scott, Russell L., eds, First Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds, October 27-30, 2003, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, p. 257-262; on-line @ http://www.tucson.ars.ag.gov/icrw/Proceedings/Schwarz.pdf Geomorphology Elliott, J.G. and Parker, R.S., Reconfigured Channel Monitoring Assessment Program, Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4111, 6 p. Osterkamp, W.R., and Gray, J.R., Hazard Mitigation Related to Water and Sediment Fluxes in the Yellow River Basin, China, Based on Comparable Basins of the United States: submitted for publication in the Proceedings, 1st International Yellow River Forum on River Basin Management, Yellow River Conservancy Commission, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, May 2003, 10 p. 3 (pdf = 446K) Technology Rasmussen, P.P., Gray, J.R., Glysson, G.D., and Ziegler, A.C., 2009, Guidelines and procedures for computing time-series suspended-sediment concentrations and loads from in-stream turbidity-sensor and streamflow data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods book 3, chap. C4, 53 p. Gray, J.R., and Gartner, J.W., 2010, Surrogate technologies for monitoring suspended-sediment transport in rivers, in, Poleto, Cristiano, and Charlesworth, Susanne, eds., Sedimentology of Aqueous Systems, London: Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter 1, pp. 3-45. (pdf = 10M) Gray, J.R., and Gartner, J.W., 2010, Surrogate technologies for monitoring bed-load transport in rivers, in, Poleto, Cristiano, and Charlesworth, Susanne, eds., Sedimentology of Aqueous Systems, London: Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter 2, pp. 45-79. (pdf = 11M) Gray, J. R., and J. W. Gartner, 2009, Technological advances in suspended-sediment surrogate monitoring: Water Resources Research, Vo. 45, W00D29, doi:10.1029/2008WR007063, 20 p. (pdf = 4.3M) Gray, J.R., Agrawal, Y.C., and Pottsmith, H.C., 2004, The LISST-SL streamlined isokinetic suspended-sediment profiler, in, Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on River Sedimentation, Cheng Liu, ed.: Yichang, China, October 18-21, 2004, Tsinghua University Press, pp. 2549-2555; this version includes a correction in the abstract clarifying that the LISST-SL is in development as of February 2005 and cannot be deemed “reliable” until proven so via rigorous quality-control testing. (pdf = 212K) Gray, J.R., Patiño, E., Rasmussen, P.P., Larsen, M.C., Melis, T.S., Topping, D.J., Runner, M.S., and Figueroa Alamo, C., Evaluation of Sediment-Surrogate Technologies for Computation of Suspended-Sediment Transport: published in the 1st International Yellow River Forum on River Basin Management, Yellow River Conservancy Commission, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, March 12-15, 2003 (pdf = 494K)