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Preliminary analysis of tidal level change due to river discharge in the yangtze river estuary, china
Author : WEI CHEN(1), CUIPING KUANG(2), JIE GU(3) , XIAODAN MAO(4), HUIDI LIANG(5) & HONGLIN SONG(6)
levels at tidal gauges are frequently used to analyze the sea level change. The sea level records involve
glaciers melting, land subsidence, earth surface temperature rise and river discharge change and so on. However, the
contribution of these factors on sea level rise (SLR) is not clear. In this paper, the Yangtze River Estuary (YRE) is
chosen as a prototype to preliminary study the responses of the mean tidal level change to the river discharge. Firstly,
MIKE21 is selected to establish a depth-averaged hydrodynamic model covering the YRE and the Hangzhou Bay. Then,
this model is well validated with the measured data. After that the validated model is run with different monthly river
discharges at Datong station (i.e., tidal limit, about 640 km upstream from the river mouth) from 1950 to 2011. Analysis
of monthly river discharges from 1950 to 2011 at Datong station reveals that the monthly river discharge from 1950 to
2003 presents an increasing trend, while decreasing from 2004 to 2011 after the impoundment of Three Gorge Dam
(TGD) in 2003. The simulations point out that the mean tidal level at Dajishan station (represented station in the coastal
water of the YRE) is influenced by river discharge with an increasing rate of 0.055 mm/y from 1950 to 2011 and a
decreasing rate of 0.056 mm/y from 2004 to 2011. Meanwhile, the increasing rate of mean tidal level (1980-2011) at
Dajishan station caused by river discharge only accounts for 5.6%-8.9% of that provided by the China Sea Level Bulletin
(i.e., the value of 2-3 mm/y including the impact of all factors) in the same period.Form Required :
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Chapter : IAHR World Congress Proceedings
Category : 36th Congress - The Hague (2015) ALL CONTENT
Article : Flood risk management and adaptation
Date Published : 19/08/2015
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