Kaitlin Moran Publishes on the Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Sediment Transport in Coastal Rivers
Kaitlin Moran, along with colleagues at Rice University, ExxonMobil, and Montclair State University, published a paper entitled “Morphodynamic modeling of fluvial channel fill and avulsion time scales during early Holocene transgression, as substantiated by the incised valley stratigraphy of the Trinity River, Texas” in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. This research models and discusses the effects of sea-level rise on sediment transport and channel avulsions within the lower reaches of coastal rivers. The numerical model is constrained by modern day Trinity River characteristics and then tested under differing rates of sea-level rise. The model results are corroborated by stratigraphy sequestered within Galveston Bay. This research is pertinent to coastal cities, such as Houston, as fluvial systems can drastically affect the nature of the coastal landscape. Kaitlin and colleagues will be presenting this work at the AAPG ACE conference on April 5, 2017.