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Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 4, Issue 3–4, pp 153–155 | Cite as

Variability in concentration of suspensates in an estuarine environment

  • J. W. Pierce
  • D. L. Correll
  • B. Goldberg
  • W. H. Klein
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Abstract

Three data sets of suspensate concentrations, collected under different sampling plans, were analyzed to develop a minimal sampling period, consistent with a predetermined precision. Individual samples collected during any part of a given day were within ±50% of the daily average. In the main channel of the estuary, a monthly sampling scheme closely approximated a weekly pattern; however, seasonal sampling was unsatisfactory. Outside the main channel, weekly, monthly, and seasonal sampling patterns did not differ greatly. Variability in suspensate concentrations must be considered when calculating sediment flux in estuarine and coastal waters.

Keywords

Sampling Period Coastal Water Sampling Scheme Individual Sample Main Channel 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Pierce
    • 1
  • D. L. Correll
    • 2
  • B. Goldberg
    • 2
  • W. H. Klein
    • 2
  1. 1.Sedimentology LaboratoryMuseum of Natural History, Smithsonian InstitutionWashington
  2. 2.Smithsonian Environmental Research CenterRockville

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