Change of Estuarine Processes Due to Sea Level Rise and Navigation Channel Improvement

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by Chin Y. Kuo, Penn State Univ, University Park, United States,
Kowei J. Hou, Penn State Univ, University Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology:

Abstract: To investigate the relationship between the improvement of navigation channels and the change of estuarine environment under various sea level rise scenarios, numerical study was performed using the Rappahannock River in Virginia as a case study. A two-dimensional, time-dependent finite difference numerical model was used for simulations with different boundary conditions, streamflows at the upstream and tidal heights at the downstream with sea level rise included. A parametric study was performed by changing the channel dimensions to simulate the channel improvement in conjunction with different boundary conditions.

Subject Headings: Sea level | Estuaries | Navigation (waterway) | Numerical analysis | Tides | Streamflow | Computer models | Case studies | Two-dimensional models | North America | Virginia | United States

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