Presentation Abstract

Sea level rise and sedimentation have both been documented to contribute to future flooding in the densely developed Lower Puyallup River valley. However, their impacts have only been analyzed in isolation. In the Lower Puyallup River, these processes will interact. As sea level rises, the salt wedge, which is often flushed from leveed river channel, will be increasingly located in the leveed river channel, exacerbating sedimentation issues. Since the reach is no longer dredged, this sedimentation will decrease conveyance and increase the risk of the flooding over time. The interactions of the salt wedge and sedimentation will be nonlinear and could easily compromise already-vulnerable infrastructure. Recent development patterns have only increased the need for understanding these interactions. Although the talk will not presume answers to these fundamental questions, it will raise awareness of the fundamental scientific unknowns about the interactions of these two important phenomena.

Session Title

Estuarine Climate Change Adaptation

Keywords

Sea level rise, Puyallup, Sediment, Adaptation

Conference Track

SSE5: Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation, and Research

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE5-255

Start Date

6-4-2018 10:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 10:45 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

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Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Potential interactions of sea level rise and sedimentation in the lower Puyallup River

Sea level rise and sedimentation have both been documented to contribute to future flooding in the densely developed Lower Puyallup River valley. However, their impacts have only been analyzed in isolation. In the Lower Puyallup River, these processes will interact. As sea level rises, the salt wedge, which is often flushed from leveed river channel, will be increasingly located in the leveed river channel, exacerbating sedimentation issues. Since the reach is no longer dredged, this sedimentation will decrease conveyance and increase the risk of the flooding over time. The interactions of the salt wedge and sedimentation will be nonlinear and could easily compromise already-vulnerable infrastructure. Recent development patterns have only increased the need for understanding these interactions. Although the talk will not presume answers to these fundamental questions, it will raise awareness of the fundamental scientific unknowns about the interactions of these two important phenomena.