Articles | Volume 8, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 661–678, 2020
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 661–678, 2020

Research article 10 Aug 2020

Research article | 10 Aug 2020

Scale breaks of suspended sediment rating in large rivers in Germany induced by organic matter

Thomas O. Hoffmann et al.

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We study the dynamics of suspended matter and associated nutrients in large rivers in Germany. The relationship between suspended sediment concentration and discharge is diagnostic of the processes and sources of suspended matter. We show that suspended matter originates from organic growth within the river at low flow and from soil erosion at high flow. In a warmer climate with increased frequency of droughts, low flow states are likely to be more prolonged, affecting the behavior of rivers.