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AOSM2022: 2D Hydraulic model to examine water and sediment availability in an inland delta
Section 1: Publication
Authorship or Presenters
Pouya Sabokruhie, Azza Mohammadiazar, Gary Carriere, Kelvin McKay, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, Graham Strickert, Tim Jardine
2D Hydraulic model to examine water and sediment availability in an inland delta
Human Dimensions - Impact and Management
10-minute oral presentation
Pouya Sabokruhie, Azza Mohammadiazar, Gary Carriere, Kelvin McKay, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, Graham Strickert, Tim Jardine (2022). 2D Hydraulic model to examine water and sediment availability in an inland delta. Proceedings of the GWF Annual Open Science Meeting, May 16-18, 2022.
Section 2: Abstract
Plain Language Summary
An increase in water demand due to growth in human populations and industry around the globe has led to an increase in riverine flow regulation, impacting the sustainability of downstream ecosystems. The Saskatchewan River Delta (SRD) is the largest inland delta in North America and is located near the Manitoba and Saskatchewan border. Flow regulation infrastructure projects such as the construction of Gardiner, Francois Finley and E.B. Campbell dams along the South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan rivers have supplied water for irrigation, drinking water, hydroelectricity, flood control, and recreational activities for the province of Saskatchewan. However, this flow regulation has caused negative changes to the flow and sediment regimes for the SRD.
A two-dimensional (2D) hydraulic HEC-RAS model was set up and run to verify some of these observations and to run scenarios on how water and sediment balances can be improved. The model domain contains the main channel, floodplains and hinterland areas. Measured meteorological and hydrological data were available to develop and calibrate the model.
On-land participant observations and semi-structured interviews were used to help determine future scenarios to consider in the 2D modelling. Through these model scenarios, we will assess the effects of different mitigation measures to improve water availability and sediment transport to the delta. Examples of scenarios include simulating flows required to flood an important tributary that feeds wetlands (the Old Channel) and strategic placement of weirs to raise the depth of water in the SRD’s largest lake (Cumberland Lake). The model’s ability to visualize and animate results may serve as a boundary object allowing crucial conversations about water to occur between the Cumberland House community and upstream water decision-makers.
Section 3: Miscellany
First Author: Pouya Sabokruhie, GIWS
Additional Authors: Azza Mohammadiazar, Gary Carriere, Kelvin McKay, Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt, Graham Strickert, Tim Jardine, GIWS
Section 4: Download
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