Climate Change Impacts on Seasonally and Intermittently Open Tidal Inlets

  • Research & Development
  • Sep 2009 - Dec 2015
  • Partners: AIT, Univ of Moratuwa, Univ of Peradeniya, CSRO, FECT, Deltares
  • Donor: Stichting IHE
  • Donor Programme: UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund - part of DUPC
South Asia
South Asia

Climate change driven variations in hydrodynamic forcing conditions (eg. wave climate, storm characteristics, streamflow) will result in more frequent and longer closures of inlets which may lead to significantly limit ocean access, water quality degradation, and flooding of low lying land/infrastructure.This study aims to: (a) Develop effective process based and probabilistic modelling methods and tools for assessing the physical impacts of climate change on seasonally or intermittently open Tidal Inlets (SIOTI’s), and, (b) Develop a benchmark approach for determining effective adaptation strategies for SIOTI environments. The project is funded via DUPC. Project partners include: Deltares, CSIRO (Australia), Univ. of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka), Univ, of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Hanoi Water Resources Univ (Vietnam), and Lund University (Sweden). One PhD (U-IHE/TUDelft) and 5 MSc students (in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Netherlands) are being supported by the project.