Field experimental observations of highly graded sediment plumes

Jacob Hjelmager Jensen, Sina Saremi, Carlos Jimenez, Louis Hadjioannou

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    A field experiment in the waters off the south-eastern coast of Cyprus was carried out to study near-field formation of sediment plumes from dumping. Different loads of sediment were poured into calm and limpid waters one at the time from just above the sea surface. The associated plumes, gravitating towards the seafloor, were filmed simultaneously by four divers situated at different depths in the water column, and facing the plume at different angles. The processes were captured using GoPro-Hero-series cameras. The high-quality underwater footage from near-surface, mid-depth and near-bed positions gives unique insight into the dynamics of the descending plume and near-field dispersion processes, and enables good understanding of flow and sediment transport processes involved from-release-to-deposition of the load in a non-scaled environment. The high resolution images and footages are available through the link provided herein. Observations support the development of a detailed multi-fractional sediment plume model.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)72–80
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Dumping
    • Environmental impacts
    • Field observations
    • Footage
    • Multi-fractional sediments
    • Poly-disperse plume
    • Environmental impact
    • Sediment transport
    • Surface waters
    • Graded sediments
    • High resolution image
    • Near-field dispersions
    • Sediment transport process
    • Sediments


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