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https://doi.org/10.5194/os-20-369-2024
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-20-369-2024
Research article
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18 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 18 Mar 2024

Effects of sea level rise and tidal flat growth on tidal dynamics and geometry of the Elbe estuary

Tara F. Mahavadi, Rita Seiffert, Jessica Kelln, and Peter Fröhle

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To analyse the influence of potential future mean sea level rise (SLR) and tidal flat elevation scenarios on the tidal dynamics in the Elbe estuary, we used a highly resolved hydrodynamic numerical model. The results show increasing tidal range in the Elbe estuary due to SLR alone. In combination with different tidal flat growth scenarios, they reveal strongly varying changes in tidal range. We discuss how changes in estuarine geometry can provide an explanation for the changes in tidal range.