The core research focus of WP 4000 is the characteristic and name giving property of the Yel-low River: the sediment dynamics in combination with floods. A particular focus will be set on the annual floods induced by the reservoir flushes in the middle and upper reaches of the Yellow River. These flushes started in 1999 and carry the highest annual discharge and sedi-ment load causing the most prominent morphological changes in the river bed and adjacent floodplains. Next to the actual sediment dynamics, the proposed studies entail also fundamen-tal hydrological and hydrodynamic research questions on the background of changed bounda-ry conditions for the water management. The morphodynamic research contains extensive field works and monitoring campaigns and advanced computer aided simulation studies. Based on the hydrodynamic studies another research focus is a probabilistic-dynamic flood hazard assessment for storm surges considering possible failures of sea dikes. Both research foci, the morphodynamics and the flood hazard assessment, will be supported by remote sens-ing products from WP 2000 and WP 3000.
The essential aims of WP 4000 can be formulated as:
WP 4000 is structured in two Tasks with following Activities:
Task 4100: Hydro- and Morphodynamics, Ground water
Task 4200: Flood Hazard analysis