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Paul A Work

Program Chief

Sacramento-Bay/Delta Project Office, CA Water Science Center

Office Phone: 916-278-3308
ORCID: 0000-0002-2815-8040

Supervisor: Anke B Mueller-Solger
Field observations of water and suspended-sediment fluxes at the Golden Gate were made over one ebb tide and one flood tide on three occasions: 1) 21-22 March 2016, following a large storm event that triggered the first flow into Yolo Bypass flood control structure since 2011; 2) 23 June of 2016, during a period of low freshwater inflow and 3) 27-28 February 2017, following several large storms of the wettest winter in northern California in recorded history. On each occasion, flux of water and suspended sediment were estimated using data from a boat-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler. This instrument provided high-resolution velocity and acoustic backscatter (ABS) data at a cross-section (“transect”) near...
Borehole erosion tests were performed to quantify sediment erosion rates as a function of depth below grade and flow speed at locations along the Sacramento and American Rivers in 2019. The dataset consists of: - borehole caliper files describing the initial geometry of the borehole, and its shape after each test flow event, - where available, a digital time series describing discharge into the hole - where available, a digital time series describing water level in the water supply tank - log sheets with details such as test location, date, and personnel The data have been interpreted to describe erosion rate as a function of location, depth, and flow speed. Ref: Briaud, J.-L., Chedid, M., Chen, H.-C., and Shidlovskaya,...
A Gust erosion chamber was used to apply horizontal shear stress to sediment cores obtained at selected locations within the Yolo Bypass near Sacramento, California. The locations correspond to different land uses; two cores were taken at each site. The shear stress was increased in stepwise fashion, and turbidity of the effluent monitored. From this, two quantities are calculated: 1) critical shear stress required to initiate erosion, and 2) soil mass eroded per square meter at an applied shear stress of 0.4 Pa. So for each core we have a date, land use or site, core number, latitude, longitude, critical shear stress, and eroded mass at tau = 0.4 Pa.
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