Gabriela Adina MOROȘANU

DOI: 10.17378/AWC2016_36

ABSTRACT. – Recent evolution of solid discharge (1975 – 2012) at Corcova Hydrometric Station, Coșuștea River. This paper aims to assess, from a statistical standpoint, the solid discharge at Corcova hydrometric station for the recent period between 1975 and 2012. The Corcova hydrometric station is located in the lowermost sector of the Coşuştea River Basin, at a distance of 2 km north-west from its confluence with Motru River. The usefulness of this study results from the endeavor to determine the years and months when the river presents an accumulation potential due to a higher transmission rate of the suspended sediment load. The statistical techniques applied in this study made use of the monthly, as well as the annual averages, minimum and maximum values of suspended sediment loads, in order to obtain the multiannual trends, seasonal and monthly differences. Thus, by using the Mann-Kendall test, the statistical distributions and frequency analysis, we could notice that the average solid discharge decreased in the last decades during the winter period, while between April and November, average solid discharge rose slightly, with a greater significance in May. Conversely, minimum solid discharge values were likely to indicate the years and months when the river’s solid intake was low, with the potential for bank erosion. The minimum values of suspended sediment loads showed little variation from year to year in all months, except for May and June, based on the influence of the peak liquid discharge on the potential erosion and sediment transport of Cosustea river. As a general conclusion, the most important aspects turned out to be the variations in April - June period, an interval well known for flash floods and high waters records, as well as for rapid changes in average, minimum and maximum solid flows.

Keywords: suspended sediments yield, frequency analysis, trends, Coșuștea River, Corcova hydrometric station.