Title: Applications of numerical simulation to the sedimentation in the Sanmenxia reservoir and the Lower Yellow River

Authors: Chunhong Hu, Qingchao Guo, Jianguo Chen, Wenhong Cao

Addresses: China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES), Beijing 100048, China. ' Department of Sedimentation, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Beijing 100048, China. ' Department of Sedimentation, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Beijing 100048, China. ' Department of Sedimentation, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), Beijing 100048, China

Abstract: The non-harmonious combination of insufficient water and excessive sediment causes many problems for the Yellow River. These problems include severe sedimentation in the Sanmenxia reservoir, the rising of the water level at Tongguan for a given discharge (1000 m³/s) and the rising of the bed level of the Lower Yellow River (LYR). How to lower the Tongguan Water Level (TGWL) and alleviate sedimentation in the LYR has become one of the most important issues in managing the Yellow River. This paper provides a summary of recent studies by authors on solving these key sediment problems in the Yellow River.

Keywords: reservoir sedimentation; river bed variation; numerical simulation; Lower Yellow River; China; insufficient water; excessive sediment; river management; water levels.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2010.034232

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2010 Vol.42 No.1/2/3, pp.148 - 165

Available online: 30 Jul 2010 *

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