Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McAnally, William

Committee Member

Howard, Isaac

Committee Member

Martin, James

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


The Port of Gulfport along with others on the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience large amounts of sediment deposition within their harbors and channels. The primary tool for sediment removal is dredging, which can be expensive and create downtimes in port operations. Research will study deposited material to determine its sources and suggest solutions for reduction of sediment deposition using structures, technologies and/or practices. Instruments used for such studies will be clam-shell dredges, Niskin tubes, and automatic samplers to test bed sediment gradation, suspended point sediments and tidal variations in suspended sediments, respectively. Additionally, fluid mud data will be retrieved from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ERDC. This combination of data will assist in the development of solutions for reducing sediment deposition within the port. Furthermore, research will be performed to compare the estimated throughput without dredging to throughput with dredging. This estimation will be shown in a simulated model.



port||fine sediment||sedimentation