Effect of beach permeability and freshwater recharge on beach hydraulics

Hailong Li, Michel Boufadel, Albert D. Venosa

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Measurements of water level, salinity, temperature, and a conservative tracer (Lithium) were obtained from a beach in Prince William Sound (PWS), Alaska. The ultimate goal of the measurements was to evaluate the factors affecting the lingering of oil in the beaches, 17 years after the spill of the Exxon Valdez. The tidal range at the beach was ∼4.8 meters, a large value that minimized the effects of salt density gradients. The results were simulated using the code MARUN, a finite element code for density-dependent flow in two-dimensional variably-saturated media. Preliminary calibration of the model revealed that the water level within the beach was greatly dependent on permeability and the freshwater recharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationAhupua'a - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008: Ahupua'a - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: May 12 2008May 16 2008

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008: Ahupua'a - Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008
Volume316

Other

OtherWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008: Ahupua'a
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period5/12/085/16/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution

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