Title page for ETD etd-11242009-020133

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gudmundsson, Kristinn
URN etd-11242009-020133
Title Control of salinity intrusion caused by sea level rise
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kuo, Chin Y. Committee Chair
Diplas, Panayiotis Committee Member
Loganathan, G. V. Committee Member
  • Sea level
Date of Defense 1991-05-24
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The objectives of this research are to take advance steps to assess the potential impacts of sea level rise on our nation's estuarine environments and water resources management. Specific engineering solutions to control salinity intrusion are studied. Structure measures such as construction of tidal barriers, tidal locks, and through long term stream flow augmentation are investigated for their suitability.

Quantification of the extent of the impacts is accomplished by means of computer model simulations. A laterally integrated two-dimensional. time dependent. finite difference numerical model is used to study time-varying tidal height. current and salinity. Through a selected estuary. parametric studies on scenarios of projected sea level rise, stream flow, channel roughness, change in cross-section profile, etc. are performed in order to have an in-depth understanding of estuarine processes for cases such as present condition versus future sea level rise, with or without control measures. The results of the parametric studies are summarized and engineering applications of individual control methods are discussed.

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