Simulations to optimize sampling of aeolian sediment transport in space and time for mapping

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Title Simulations to optimize sampling of aeolian sediment transport in space and time for mapping
Author Chappell, Adrian; McTainsh, Grant Harvey; Leys, John; Strong, Craig
Journal Name Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Year Published 2003
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Abstract The sampling frequency in space and time is often inadequate to estimate the accuracy and precision of aeolian sediment transport. The problem stems from a lack of knowledge about the spatial and temporal scale of variation in aeolian transport and is compounded by a shortage of resources (aeolian sediment traps and labour). This study developed a geostatistical methodology for estimating sediment transport at unsampled locations and tested the extent to which it was dependent on sampling networks (nested, grid and random) and frameworks (mobile or static sampling framework between wind erosion events). Aeolian transport data were collected in an area of Australia influenced by wind erosion (Diamantina Lakes National Park, southwestern Queensland) to evaluate the combination of events used for mapping transport. Insufficient wind erosion events occurred to test sediment sampling strategies and hence simulated sampling was conducted using maps of sediment transport produced with existing models of aeolian sediment transport in the same study area. Independent validation data were used to test the estimation performance.The results suggested that sampling networks that did not include information on the spatial scale of variation (i.e. grid and random sampling) did not represent adequately the sediment transport population. In contrast, a bespoke nested sampling network performed consistently better than the other networks. Overall the static framework with a nested network was recommended for estimation and mapping of sediment transport with few resources and was likely to be especially important for use over large areas. This approach has the advantage of requiring only a single pooled within-event variogram for sediment transport to be used to derive the model parameters for kriging or stochastic simulation for each event.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117935722/grouphome/home.html
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1036
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 28
Edition 2003
Page from 1223
Page to 1241
ISSN 0197-9337
Date Accessioned 2004-03-26
Date Available 2009-10-01T05:54:09Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Geomorphology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5973
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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