Title page for ETD etd-03312008-215713


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Saji, Niffy
Author's Email Address niffy_saji@hotmail.com
URN etd-03312008-215713
Title Development of a Guide to Lake and Reservoir Zone Determination
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Godrej, Adil N. Committee Chair
Grizzard, Thomas J. Committee Member
Post, Harold E. II Committee Member
Keywords
  • Zonation
  • Lake zones
  • Reservoir zones
  • Transitional zone
  • Riverine zone
  • Lacustrine zone
Date of Defense 2008-03-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Reservoirs are generally created by damming rivers. The upper reaches of any reservoir is generally narrow and winding like the parent river. This is the riverine zone of the reservoir. The reservoir is deepest and widest near the dam. Here, lake-like conditions exist and the water is quiescent. This is the lacustrine zone. The transitional zone separates the lacustrine and riverine zone. It has intermediate characteristics.

There are many characteristics, both physical and chemical, that differentiate between these three zones. Based on the differences in characteristics between the three zones, a method has been developed to successfully divide any reservoir into three zones. The method developed was applied to Lake Manassas and the Occoquan Reservoir located in the Occoquan watershed in Virginia. Both are man-made impoundments.

Analysis of data, based on the method developed, was successfully in dividing both reservoirs into the three zones. This method may therefore be successfully applied to obtain zonation in reservoirs.

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