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Sediment Transport Primer Estimating Bed-Material Transport in Gravel-Bed Rivers

Sediment Transport Primer Estimating Bed-Material Transport in Gravel-Bed Rivers

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Sediment Transport Primer Estimating Bed-Material Transport in Gravel-Bed Rivers
Sediment Transport Primer Estimating Bed-Material Transport in Gravel-Bed Rivers

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United StatesDepartmentof AgricultureForest Service
Rocky MountainResearch Station
General Technical ReportRMRS-GTR-226May 2009
Sediment Transport PrimerEstimating Bed-Material Transportin Gravel-bed Rivers
Peter Wilcock, John Pitlick, Yantao Cui
You may order additional copies of this publication by sending yourmailing information in label form through one of the following media.Please specify the publication title and series number.
Fort Collins Service Center
(970) 498-1392 
(970) 498-1122 
Web site
Mailing address
Publications DistributionRocky Mountain Research Station240 West Prospect RoadFort Collins, CO 80526Rocky Mountain Research Station240 W. Prospect RoadFort Collins, Colorado 80526
Wilcock, Peter; Pitlick, John; Cui, Yantao. 2009.
Sediment transport primer:estimatin bed-material transport in ravel-bed rivers.
Gen. Tech. Rep.RMRS-GTR-226. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,Rocky Mountain Research Station. 78 p.
This primer accompanies the release of BAGS, software developed to calculatesediment transport rate in gravel-bed rivers. BAGS and other programs facilitatecalculation and can reduce some errors, but cannot ensure that calculations are
accurate or relevant. This primer was written to help the software user dene
relevant and tractable problems, select appropriate input, and interpret and applythe results in a useful and reliable fashion. It presents general concepts, developsthe fundamentals of transport modeling, and examines sources of error. Itintroduces the data needed and evaluates different options based on the availabledata. Advanced expertise is not required.
The Authors
Peter Wilcock,
Professor, Department of Geography and EnvironmentalEngineer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
John Pitlick,
Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado,Boulder, CO.
 Yantao Cui,
Stillwater Sciences, Berkeley, CA.
BAGS is software in the public domain, and the recipient may not assert anyproprietary rights thereto nor represent it to anyone as other than a Government-produced program. BAGS is provided “as-is” without warranty of any kind,
including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and tness
for a particular purpose. The user assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and
suitability of this program for a specic application. In no event will the U.S. Forest
Service, Stillwater Sciences Inc., Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado,or any of the program and manual authors be liable for any damages, including lost
prots, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising from the
use of or the inability to use this program.
Download Information
The BAGS program, this primer, and a user’s manual (Pitlick and others 2009)can be downloaded from: http://www.stream.fs.fed.us/publications/software.html.This publication may be updated as features and modeling capabilities are addedto the program. Users may wish to periodically check the download site for thelatest updates.BAGS is supported by, and limited technical support is available from, the U.S.Forest Service, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Staff, StreamsSystems Technology Center, Fort Collins, CO. The preferred method of contactfor obtaining support is to send an e-mail to rmrs_stream@fs.fed.us requesting“BAGS Support” in the subject line.U.S. Forest ServiceRocky Mountain Research StationStream Systems Technology Center 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. A, Suite 368Fort Collins, CO 80526-1891(970) 295-5986
The authors wish to thank the numerous Forest Service personnel and other users who tested earlier versions and provided useful suggestions for improving
the program. We especially wish to thank Paul Bakke and John Bufngton for 
critical review of the software and documentation. Efforts by the senior author in developing and testing many of the ideas in this primer were supported bythe Science and Technology Program of the National Science Foundation viathe National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics under the agreement Number EAR- 0120914. Finally, we wish to thank John Potyondy of the Stream SystemsTechnology Center for his leadership, support, and patience in making BAGS andits accompanying documentation a reality.

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