Tidal Inlet Morphology
Assessing environmental impacts of human interventions in estuaries has become increasingly important. This contribution focusses on the mechanisms of sediment transport in the Weser estuary and discusses possible impacts of a channel deepening on those mechanisms. Analysis of field data and simulation results from a sediment transport model reveal that both local and global sediment transport mechanisms are responsible for immediate and long-term responses of the system to a channel deepening. Residual current and sediment transport patterns may help to reveal indications for long-term changes.