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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Development and Conservancy of Tidal Flats off Jiangsu Coasts, China Seminar

5 April 2013
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr.Yeping Xiong on +44 (0)23 80596619 or email .

Event details

The Jiangsu coasts have a characteristics of the rich tidal flat with the complicated dynamics. One huge radial sand ridges is distributed over the middle part of Jiangsu coast, stretching 200 km latitudinally and 90 km longitudinally. More than 70 sand ridges radiate from Jianggang, most emerging from the water and becoming shoals at low water level. Different heights and shapes form a peculiar geomorphology. Two different tidal wave systems meet outside Jianggang and form a moving stationary tidal wave. The abandoned Yellow River entered the sea in this area and caused huge deposition during 1128 to 1855, while it moved northwards and resulting in severe erosion around the river mouth afterwards. Before the 8th century, the Yangtze River emptied into the sea and a huge amount of sediment was deposited.

In June 2009, the State Council formally approved the “Jiangsu coastal development planning" with the aims to build an important transport centre, a new coastal industrial base, an important land resources development zone and a beautiful livable area.  The planning reclamation area was about 1800km2 from 2010 to 2020 and 4667km2 from 2020 to 2050.  The presentation will talk about the field survey, master planning, challenges and ongoing research on the development and conservancy of tidal flats off Jiangsu coasts, in China.

Speaker information

Prof Jinhai Zheng, Hohai University, Nanjing, China. Zheng Jinhai received his Doctoral Degree in Coastal Engineering from Hohai University of China in 1998. He has been the chair professor of Harbor, Waterway, Coastal and Offshore Engineering in the same university since 2007. His research interests cover estuarine and coastal processes, harbor and waterway engineering, coastal engineering and environment. He carries out numerical and experimental studies that have dealt with characteristics of water wave, tidal flow and sediment transport and their responses to engineering projects in the Yangtze River Estuary, the Pearl River Delta, the Min River Estuary and along the southeast coasts in China. He is the author of about 100 academic publications. He is one of the main members involved in the preparation and translation of 《General rules for design of Port and Waterway Works(JTS141-2011)》, a standard code of practice of the People’s Republic of China.

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