An Evaluation of various developing methods for sediment rating curve and computer simulationmodels for sediment load estimation in Mazandaran basin, Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


A sediment curving rate is a method to describe the relationship between river discharge and suspended sediment load for a particular location. The rating curves have been used to predict sediment load by hydrologists for more than sixty years (Horowitz, 2002). Obtaining more accuracy in determination of sediment load needs to long-term continuous data with a sufficient frequency. Mostly, a power function regression is used for sediment rating curves (Asselman, 2000):
Qs= aQb                                                                                                                                          (1)
The other form of this equation is linear log-transformation:                      
Log (Qs) = log (a) + b log (Q)                                                                                                        (2)
Where Q is river discharge (m3/s), Qs is suspended load discharge (ton/year), and a and b are regression coefficients . The back transformation of the sediment load to the arithmetic domain creates a bias which can lead to load underestimation (Crowder et al. 2007). The main objective of this study is   to determine  the sediment rating curve for different 26 hydrometric stations in the Mazandaran basin, Iran, with various  data separation methods (daily, monthly, seasonal, annually, classified, and high discharge and low discharge flow months). The efficiency of each rating curve was evaluated using different statistical characteristics. Another objective is to evaluate the sediment load and sediment yield of Mazandaran basin.


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Volume 40, Issue 3
December 2017
Pages 151-166
  • Receive Date: 30 January 2016
  • Revise Date: 02 October 2016
  • Accept Date: 13 September 2016
  • First Publish Date: 22 November 2017