The Design and Performance of a Sequencing Sediment Trap for Lake Research
Abstract:Static sediment traps have been successfully used to examine the processes of particle flux and resuspension in large lakes and coastal systems. Although the traps themselves are inexpensive, the deployment and retrieval of them is costly, which restricts both the quantity and frequency of samples. To overcome this, a programmable sequencing sediment trap was designed and tested for use in large lakes and coastal systems. Sediment is collected into a carousel of 23 standard 60 ml (Nalgene™) polyethylene sample bottles. The sequencing design incorporates an electric motor and paddle to rotate the carousel so that one sample bottle at a time is exposed according to a preprogrammed schedule. These traps incorporate a cylindrical design with a 20 cm collection opening and an 8:1 aspect ratio. The micro-controller monitors the operation and records operational parameters allowing corifirmation of the exposure time of each bottle. Several field tests were conducted to verify the precision and uniformity of the sediment collection. Impmvements made over the 10 years of deployment experience and field testing have resulted in a very reliable and low-cost instrument.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-06-01
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