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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1177–1195, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1177-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 1177–1195, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-1177-2016

Research article 18 Mar 2016

Research article | 18 Mar 2016

Analytical approach for determining the mean water level profile in an estuary with substantial fresh water discharge

Huayang Cai et al.

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In this paper, an analytical model for tide-river dynamics has been used to understand the influence of tide and fresh water discharge on the rise of mean water level along the estuary, which remains poorly understood. It is shown that the mean water level is influenced primarily by the tide-river interaction in the tide-dominated region, while it is mainly controlled by the river flow in the upstream part of the estuary.