Articles | Volume 24, issue 4
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1871–1889, 2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1871–1889, 2020
Research article
16 Apr 2020
Research article | 16 Apr 2020

A novel approach for the assessment of morphological evolution based on observed water levels in tide-dominated estuaries

Huayang Cai et al.

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Short summary
Understanding the morphological changes in estuaries due to natural processes and human interventions is especially important with regard to sustainable water management and ecological impacts on the estuarine environment. In this contribution, we explore the morphological evolution in tide-dominated estuaries by means of a novel analytical approach using the observed water levels along the channel. The method could serve as a useful tool to understand the evolution of estuarine morphology.