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Sediment Processes in the Intertidal Zone

Product Code: SP139
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by K.S. Black, D.M. Paterson ( University of St Andrews, UK) and A. Cramp (University of Cardiff, UK)
Publication Date: 24 September 1998
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Intertidal flats form an integral and important part of coastal systems, which have for centuries been usefully exploited by man for communication, transportation,waste disposal, power generation and amenity development. They provide an indispensable feeding ground for many species of shorebirds, play a vital role in protecting the shoreline against erosion by wave action, and they act as both a source and sink to sediments and pollutants and are therefore intrinsically related to the ecological health of the system as well as its geomorphology. It is thus important that we monitor these environments, and build up a comprehensive picture of the dynamic processes that have produced and now modify these environments. This book brings together geoscientists, chemists and biologists working on the intertidal zones of European estuaries and coasts.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-013-4
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-013-3
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.10 kg

Contents

LISP-UK studies: Littoral investigation of sediment properties: an introduction •The typology of intertidal mudflats•The stability of a mudflat in the Humber estuary, South Yorkshire, UK•Measurements of the turbid tidal edge over the Skeffling mudflats•In situ characterization of suspended particles using focused-beam, laser reflectance particle sizing•Sedimentation on a Humber saltmarsh• Use of in situ flume to quantify particle flux (biodeposition rates and sediment erosion) for an intertidal mudflat in relation to changes in current velocity and benthic macrofauna•Pigment fingerprints as markers of erosion and changes in cohesive sediment surface properties in simulated and natural erosion events• The macrofaunal communities of the Skeffling muds (Humber estuary), with special reference to bioturbation•In situ measurements of exopolymer production by intertidal epipelic diatom-dominated biofilms in the Humber estuary • Ecological interaction and sediment transport on an intertidal mudflat. I: Evidence for a biologically mediated sediment-water interface•Ecological interaction and sediment transport on an intertidal mudflat. II: An experimental dynamic model of the sediment-water interface •Measurements and preliminary modelling of current velocity over an intertidal mudflat, Humber estuary, UK • Generic studies: Considerations on wave-induced fluid mud streaming at open coasts•The impact of fluid shear and the suspended sediment concentration on the mud floc size variation in the Dollard estuary, The Netherlands•Comparison of flocculated and dispersed suspended sediment in the Dollard estuary•Seasonal variability of subtidal and intertidal sediment distributions in a muddy, macrotidal estuary: the Humber-Ouse, UK•Spatial variability of tidal flats in response to wave exposure: examples from Strangford Lough, Co. Down, Northern Ireland•Temporal variation in sediment erodibility and suspended sediment dynamics in the Dollard estuary•100 years of environmental change in a coastal wetland, Augusta Bay, southeast Sicily: evidence from geochemical and palaeoecological studies •Observations of the morphodynamic behaviour of an intertidal mudflat at different timescales•Mapping intertidal sediment distributions using the RoxAnn system, Dornoch Firth, NE Scotland•Relating erosion shear stress to tidal flat surface colour•The erosion threshold of biotic sediments: a comparison of methods•Biological control of avalanching and slope stability in the intertidal zone•Mussels and mussel beds (Mytilus edulis) as stabilizers of sedimentary environments in the intertidal zone•Microscale biogeotechnical differences in intertidal sedimentary ecosystems•Spatial heterogeneity in an intertidal sedimentary environment and its macrobenthic community•The role of vegetation in determining patterns of the accretion of salt marsh sediment•Index

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