Use of Floodplain PCB Concentrations to Calibrate a River Hydraulics Model

by James M. Hassett, Division of Environmental and, Resource Engineering, Syracuse, United States,
Leonard T. Wright, Division of Environmental and, Resource Engineering, Syracuse, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: A river floodplain was found to contain measurable quantities of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), presumably deposited during historic flood events. A hydraulic model (HEC-2) was used to examine the relationship between the distribution of PCBs in the floodplain soils and the water surface elevation of the floods. This study demonstrated the utility of using the presence of conservation tracers in floodplain sediments as useful information in the calibration and validation of river hydraulic models.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic models | Floods | PCB | Hydrologic models | Rivers and streams | Terrain models | Model analysis | Probe instruments

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