River Hydraulics & Sediment Transport

The cross-section can also be modified to analyze different channel rehabilitation configurations and simulate the resulting effect on hydraulic and sediment conditions.


The RHST tool includes options to use the National Elevation Dataset (NED). Each cross-section point that is calculated accesses this dataset through the NED Point Query Service which calculates the elevation of a point based on its latitude and longitude. The 10-meter USGS NED Digital Elevation Map (DEM) can then be used to create and extract a cross-section. Users can select a flow duration curve source from gauge station data or use a regional flow duration curve.  Alternatively, users can upload their own data to generate the flow duration curve.

In addition to using the 10-meter NED-DEM users can also upload a raster of elevation data, datasets (e.g. spreadsheet with survey points of a cross-section points), or geospatial layers.


Once a cross-section has been created, the user has the ability to calculate its hydraulic properties, namely area, wetted-perimeter, top-width, hydraulic-radius, hydraulic-depth. The analysis produces a printable, interactive report and summary graphics that allow users to download the raw data or an image of the histogram.  The report includes summaries for:

  • Hydraulic properties
  • Sediment transport
  • Flow properties
  • Sediment yield
  • Rating curves