Experimental Basins


These two rectangular basins are premier research facilities dedicated to studying delta morphodynamics at a range of spatial and temporal time scales. The basins incorporate leading-edge technologies for ocean-level control, wave generation, tidal cycles as well as data acquisition systems that allow description of sediment and water input, topography, and visual changes in the surface and subsurface. Researchers can also control the water surface (base level), sediment feed rate, and water inflow rate.

Walnut shell sand delta in experimental basin
Researcher working in the delta basin
Photo showing the delta basin data carriage scanning a sediment deposit


  • Dimensions: 5 m wide x 5 m long x 0.6 m deep (16.4 ft x 16.4 ft x 2.1 ft)

Measurement Capabilities

  • SAFL data acquisition carriage
  • Topographic scanner
  • Various camera systems