Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Research article
02 Nov 2015
Research article |  | 02 Nov 2015

Impact of the Three Gorges Dam, the South–North Water Transfer Project and water abstractions on the duration and intensity of salt intrusions in the Yangtze River estuary

M. Webber, M. T. Li, J. Chen, B. Finlayson, D. Chen, Z. Y. Chen, M. Wang, and J. Barnett


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 Aug 2015) by Pierre Regnier
AR by Michael Webber on behalf of the Authors (27 Aug 2015)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Sep 2015) by Pierre Regnier
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (07 Sep 2015)
ED: Publish as is (05 Oct 2015) by Pierre Regnier
Short summary
This paper demonstrates a method for calculating the probability of long-duration salt intrusions in the Yangtze Estuary and examines the impact of the Three Gorges Dam, the South-North Water Transfer Project and local abstractions on that probability. The relationship between river discharge and the intensity and duration of saline intrusions is shown to be probabilistic and continuous. That probability has more than doubled under the normal operating rules for those projects.