تاثیر لایروبی و انباشت در ثبات سیستم کانال فراز سیل
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|24638||2010||14 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Coastal Engineering, Volume 57, Issue 6, June 2010, Pages 553–566
The impact of dredging and dumping on the morphologic stability of the tidal channels is investigated using morphologic field observations for the Westerschelde estuary dating back to 1955. The results are used to verify the theoretical concept presented by Wang and Winterwerp (2001). This concept states that a critical threshold for the amount of sediment dumping exists above which a channel system in equilibrium may become unstable and degenerate. The value of this threshold amounts to 5–10% of the total sediment transport capacity. Verification of this concept using field observations is not straightforward as the morphology of tidal channel often changes as a result of both natural processes and human interferences, i.e. the channels are not in equilibrium. In addition, the morphological timescales associated with channel degeneration are large (decades to centuries). Verification of the theory thus requires a careful analysis of abundant morphological data and numerical modeling of sediment transports. The results of such analyses presented in this study confirm the existence and the approximate magnitude of the critical level for dumping that follows from theory. Refined guidelines are derived to use the theoretical concept as an engineering tool for the evaluation and design of strategies for dumping in estuarine multi-channel systems. In the absence of the required morphological data the indicative theoretical level of 5–10% can be used to obtain a first estimate of the dump capacity in two-channel systems.
The Schelde is a tide-dominated estuary that is situated in the southwest of the Netherlands and Belgium. It includes the entire gradient from fresh to salt water areas providing various habitats for marine flora and fauna. In addition to these ecological values, the estuary is of large economic importance as it provides navigation routes to the ports of Antwerpen, Gent, Terneuzen and Vlissingen. The frequently conflicting economic and environmental interests make the management of the estuary a complex task. Collaboration of the Dutch and Belgium government has resulted in the formulation of a Long-Term Vision, hereafter referred to as LTV, for the Schelde estuary. Accordingly, a primary management objective for the estuary is a dynamic preservation of the physical characteristics and dynamics of the system of channels and shoals in the marine part of the estuary between Vlissingen and the border between The Netherlands and Belgium, referred to as the Westerschelde,The morphology of the Westerschelde displays a regular repetitive pattern that consists of mutually evasive meandering ebb channels and straight flood channels. These main channels are separated by sub and intertidal shoals and linked by connecting channels. (e.g., Van Veen et al., 2005, Van den Berg et al., 1996, Jeuken, 2000 and Toffolon and Crosato, 2007).This morphology is also referred to as a ‘multi-channel system’. Winterwerp et al. (2001) schematized this system into a chain of so-called macro-cells and meso-cells (Fig. 1), based on morphological characteristics and numerically computed patterns of tide averaged sand transports. Each macro-cell consists of a main ebb channel and a main flood channel, displaying a characteristic morphologic behavior that is associated with net sediment exchanges between the macro-cells. Smaller-scale connecting channels link the large ebb and flood channels in macro-cells, forming meso-cells. These smaller channels often display a quasi-cyclic morphologic behavior, characterized by processes of channel origination, migration and degeneration at a timescale of years to decades (e.g., Van Veen et al., 2005 and Jeuken, 2000). Both natural processes and human interferences have influenced the morphological evolution of the estuary over the past two centuries (e.g., Van den Berg et al., 1996 and Van der Spek, 1997). Initially the human interference mainly consisted of reclaiming land that largely silted up by natural processes. This reclamation resulted in a permanent loss of intertidal areas, a rather erratic pattern of embankments and a fixation of the large-scale alignment of the estuary. Since the beginning of the twentieth century the human interference shifted from land reclamation to sand extraction (since 1955 about 2 million m3 yr− 1) and dredging and dumping to deepen and maintain the navigation route to the port of Antwerpen. During the first deepening in the seventies the depth of the shallow sills in the navigation route was increased with 2 to 3 m from 12 to 14.5 m. During the last deepening, carried out in 1997/1998, these depths were increased with another 1 to 1.5 m. As a result of the enlarged navigation depth the maintenance dredging increased from less than 0.5 million m3 yr− 1 before 1950 to about 7–10 million m3 yr− 1 at present. The dredging and dumping operations at least enhanced the long-term deepening of the channels, the large ebb channels in particular, the loss of shallow water areas, the raise of intertidal shoals and the partial disappearance of connecting channels (Swinkels et al., 2009). From the LTV perspective these are undesirable developments. Further deterioration of the multi-channel system should be prevented and requires a well considered strategy for future dredging and dumping operations. The model concept presented by Wang and Winterwerp (2001) may be used to design a sustainable strategy for dumping in multi-channel systems with an erodible, non-cohesive sediment bed. Appendix A summarizes the theory and the results of a numerical verification. Accordingly, for a stable channel system in equilibrium a critical level for the amount of sediment dumping exists that amounts to 5% to 10% of the gross sand transport capacity. Long-term sediment dumping exceeding this level may result in a degeneration of the multi-channel system towards a single channel system. Dumping of sediment at or just below the critical level will cause a reduction in the depth of the channel but not a complete closure of the channel. The present study aims to verify this theoretical concept using morphological observations dating back to 1955 and discusses the application of the concept in designing a strategy for dumping in tidal channel systems. Both 2.2, 3.7 and 4 discuss how to deal with an equilibrium concept in a tidal channel system that is not in equilibrium, i.e. a system that displays morphological changes induced by both natural processes and human interferences.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Wang and Winterwerp (2001) showed that for a stable multi-channel system in equilibrium a critical level for the amount of sediment dumping exist. This level approximates 5% to 10% of the gross sediment transport capacity in the channel system. Long-term dump activities exceeding this level may cause a degeneration towards a single channel system on the long term. This paper verified this concept based on an analysis of historic observations of the channel evolution in the Westerschelde estuary, dating back to 1955. Verification and application of the concept are not straightforward for several reasons: The morphology of tidal channels often changes as a result of both natural processes and human interference. Hence the transport capacity under strict morphological equilibrium conditions is mostly not known. This introduces uncertainties in the absolute value of the critical level for dumping, in addition to the model uncertainties mentioned in Wang and Winterwerp (2001). To deal with this, a realistic range of the gross sediment transports for actual situations needs to be determined, using a reliable numerical transport model and/or measurements. Further a degeneration of channel system occurs at large timescales, i.e. decades to centuries. Hence a lot of historic data and system knowledge is required to allow for a careful analysis of the impact of dredging and dumping on the morphologic evolution of the channels. Despite these complicating factors, the results of the present study confirm the existence and approximate magnitude of a critical level for dumping. This implies that the concept in principal can be used to assess the approximate magnitude of the dump capacity in multi-channel systems with non-cohesive sediment beds. In addition, this critical level for dumping can be used to circumvent or alleviate adverse effects of dredging and dumping. More refined guidelines, necessary for a more detailed evaluation or design of dump strategies were defined based on the results of the verification. In the absence of additionally required data for such an application, the indicative theoretical level of 5% to 10% can be used as an engineering rule to obtain a first indication of the dump capacity in a multi tidal channel system.