Impacts of future sea level rise on salt water intrusion in the Changjiang River Estuary

Research paper by Guishan Yang

Indexed on: 01 Mar '92Published on: 01 Mar '92Published in: Chinese geographical science / Sponsored by Changchun Institute of Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Sea level rise could increase the salinity of an estuary by altering the balance between fresh water and salt water. The implications of sea level rise for increasing salinity have been examined in the Changjiang (Yangtze) River estuary. By correlative analysis of chlorinity, discharge and tidal level and calculation of two-dimensional chlorinity, distribution of the Changjiang River estuary, the changes of the intensity and lasting hours of salt water intrusion at Wusong Station and the changes of chlorinity distribution in the South Branch of the Changjiang River estuary have been estimated when future sea level rises 50–100 cm. The intensity of salt water intrusion in the future will be far more serious than current trend.