American Water Resources Association
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?”
SPEAKER BIO – DR. VIRGINIA SMITH
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.