Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2020MO101AIS

Quantifying the Effect of River Turbulence Associated with Channel-Training Structures on the Transport Processes of Eggs and Larvae of Invasive Carps in Large Rivers of the Mississippi River Basin

Institute: Missouri
USGS Grant Number: G21AP10172
Year Established: 2020 Start Date: 2020-01-01 End Date: 2020-01-02
Total Federal Funds: $200,535 Total Non-Federal Funds: $200,535

Principal Investigators: Binbin Wang

Abstract: We propose an integrated effort of using high-resolution measurements and 3-D hydrodynamics modeling to couple the transport algorithms of drift processes of carp eggs and larvae. This study addresses the research priority in identifying river characteristics that infer resistance and resilience to establishment and impacts of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Our focus will be the centimeter- to meter- scale river turbulence associated with channel-training structures in the Mississippi River basin, and its role in helping or hindering egg/larval transport and retention. The outcome of this project will inform the better drift modeling that directly resolves the effect of localized turbulence rather than using empirical eddy viscosity and unified dispersion parameterization in the current best practice.