American Water Resources Association

How Do Hydrology and Sediment Transport Dynamics Around Coastal Population Hubs Alter Backwater Floodplain and Coastal Sediment Delivery?

  • 13 Feb 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor Planning Commission Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • 24


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How Do Hydrology and Sediment Transport Dynamics Around Coastal Population Hubs Alter Backwater Floodplain and Coastal Sediment Delivery?

Dr. Virginia Smith

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University


In recent decades scientists have made significant headway developing theories governing fluvial geomorphology, river channel dynamics, and sediment transport, while water resource engineers have advanced urban hydrology and hydraulic modeling.  However, little work has been done to integrate these theories and models across large spatial areas and time scales.  Additionally, coastal backwater hydraulics and anthropogenic influences still present many uncertainties in fluvial geomorphology.  By integrating the advancements made in science and engineering we can transform our understanding of fluvial geomorphology in modern developed systems.  This is particular important in the coastal zone.  Many population hubs are located in coastal backwater zones, altering sediment generation and transport.  This presentation describes a research program focused on investigating—and educating about—channel dynamics and their impacts as they relate to fluvial geomorphic processes around coastal urban areas.  This research plan addresses the research question “how do hydrology and sediment transport dynamics around coastal population hubs alter backwater floodplain and coastal sediment delivery?”


Dr. Virginia Smith is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. Her expertise is in quantitative fluvial geomorphology and hydraulic modeling as it applies to water resource engineering.  Her specific area of interest included sediment transport within and around the built environment, particularly related to green stormwater infrastructure and urban streams. Her current research sponsors in these areas include Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Philadelphia Water Department, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Catholic Relief Services. She is a member of ASCE, AGU, AWRA, and ASEE.  Prior to coming to Villanova University Dr. Smith worked in the field of international development in Afghanistan, Vanuatu, Samoa, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Nepal.


This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate). 


Please note: all lunch orders will close by noon on the day before the presentation. In addition, all lunch orders will need to be paid for online by this time. We are unable to refund the cost of lunch or meeting fees because they are paid ahead of time based on number of registrations.

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