Effects of Runoff Changes and Sea Level Rise on Salinity in the Delaware River Estuary

by Roy A. Walters, US Geological Survey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The objective of this study is to investigate changes in the spatial distribution of salt in the Delaware Estuary resulting from climate induced changes in freshwater inflows and in the position of mean sea level. The approach adopted for this study is composed of two parts: An analysis of existing physical data in order to derive a basic understanding of the salt dynamics, and numerical simulation of future conditions based upon this analysis.

Subject Headings: Runoff | Sea level | Rivers and streams | Estuaries | Salt water intrusion | Salinity | Spatial distribution | Climate change | Delaware | United States

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