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Hydraulic and water quality modeling: a tool for managing land use conflicts in inland coastal zones

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Abstract

Tidal effect and salinity intrusion are two defining characteristics of inland coastal zones, causing, respectively, complex variations in water levels and flows in river and canal networks, and serious problems for agriculture and freshwater fishery, but bringing significant benefits for brackish water aquaculture. To evaluate these conflicts and synergies in the development of agriculture, fishery and aquaculture, this paper adopts a hydraulic and salinity modeling approach that simulates the tidal propagation and salinity intrusion, and evaluates the effects of water and land use management on these hydrology-and salinity-related phenomena in coastal zones. The paper presents the empirical results from the application of a hydraulic and salinity model specifically developed for the context of the Ca Mau peninsula, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, and also demonstrates how such a modeling approach can provide valuable policy-relevant information at different phases for water resource planning, development, operation, and management in hydrologically and environmentally sensitive coastal regions.


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Author(s): Hoanh CT, Phong ND, Gowing JW, Tuong TP, Ngoc NV, Hien NX

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water Policy

Year: 2009

Volume: 11

Issue: s1

Pages: 106-120

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 1366-7017

Publisher: IWA Publishing

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wp.2009.107

DOI: 10.2166/wp.2009.107


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