Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2805-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2805-2015
Research article
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18 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 18 Jun 2015

Turbidity in the fluvial Gironde Estuary (southwest France) based on 10-year continuous monitoring: sensitivity to hydrological conditions

I. Jalón-Rojas, S. Schmidt, and A. Sottolichio

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This study aims to analyse for the first time suspended sediment dynamics in the fluvial Gironde through a unique set of a 10-year continuous turbidity record. We demonstrate the following: the interest of turbidity-discharge hysteresis loops to evaluate the presence of sediment depositions; the relationships between features of the turbidity maximum zone (TMZ) and river flow; and the definition of hydrological indicators of the persistence and concentration of the TMZ.