Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
Ocean Sci., 18, 1691–1702, 2022
Ocean Sci., 18, 1691–1702, 2022
Research article
24 Nov 2022
Research article | 24 Nov 2022

Quantifying the impacts of the Three Gorges Dam on the spatial–temporal water level dynamics in the upper Yangtze River estuary

Huayang Cai et al.

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Short summary
Quantifying spatial–temporal water level dynamics is essential for water resources management in estuaries. In this study, we propose a simple yet powerful regression model to examine the influence of the world’s largest dam, the Three Gorges Dam (TGD), on the spatial–temporal water level dynamics within the Yangtze River estuary. The presented method is particularly useful for determining scientific strategies for sustainable water resources management in dam-controlled estuaries worldwide.