Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 165–171 | Cite as

Suspended sediment concentration in a buoyant plume: Fraser River, Canada

  • R. A. Kostaschuk
  • B. A. Stephan
  • J. L. Luternauer


A study of suspended sediment concentration in the buoyant plume of the Fraser River, Canada, showed that unstratified flow conditions at the river mouth caused resuspension of sandy bed material and high concentrations of coarse sediment. When flow at the mouth was stratified, sediment was fine-grained and concentrations were low. Application of a multivariate model revealed that suspended sediment concentration along the plume axis was controlled primarily by distance seaward of the river mouth, secondly by tidal height, and least by sediment concentration in the river.


Flow Condition Multivariate Model Suspended Sediment River Mouth Sediment Concentration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Kostaschuk
    • 1
  • B. A. Stephan
    • 1
  • J. L. Luternauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Geological Survey of Canada 100VancouverCanada

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