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The Wadden Sea Ecosystem

Stability Properties and Mechanisms

  • Sabine Dittmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Sabine Dittmann
    Pages 1-4
  3. Sabine Dittmann, Volker Grimm
    Pages 5-13
  4. Andreas Hild, Verena Niesel, Carmen-Pia Günther
    Pages 15-49
  5. Verena Niesel, Carmen-Pia Günther, Marlies Villbrandt, A. Hild, Sabine Dittmann, Volker Grimm
    Pages 77-173
  6. Sabine Dittmann, Carmen-Pia Günther, Ulrike Schleier
    Pages 175-192
  7. Carmen-Pia Günther, Verena Niesel
    Pages 193-205
  8. Volker Grimm, Carmen-Pia Gunther, Sabine Dittmann, Hanno Hildenbrandt
    Pages 207-226
  9. Volker Grimm, Hauke Bietz, Carmen-Pia Günther, Andreas Hild, Marlies Villbrandt, Verena Niesel et al.
    Pages 227-259
  10. Sabine Dittmann, Andreas Hild, Volker Grimm, Carmen-Pia Günther, Verena Niesel, Marlies Villbrandt et al.
    Pages 267-280
  11. Marlies Villbrandt, Carmen-Pia Gunther, Sabine Dittmann
    Pages 281-288
  12. Sabine Dittmann
    Pages 289-292
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 293-307

About this book


This book covers the synthesis of the joint research project ELA W AT (Elastizitat des Okosystems Wattenmeer = Resilience of the Wadden Sea Ecosystem), which was part of the "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" in Germany. The major ob­ jective of ELA WAT was the analysis of potential stability properties and relevant processes for regeneration in this intertidal ecosystem. The synthesis of this pro­ ject summarizes the results of several years of field studies on spatial and temporal patterns of several abiotic and biotic parameters and on the effects of disturbances. Based on this analysis, stability properties and mechanisms were identified. The results contribute to the protection of processes in this coastal ecosystem (Chap. 12). This book on the interdisciplinary project ELA W AT also provides a detailed case study on the ecology of a backbarrier system. The "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" was part of the Ecosystem Research Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and a contribution to the MAB­ programme of the UNESCO (MAB-5). Results of this interdisciplinary research scheme were meant to form the scientific background of political decisions for the protection and sustainable use of this coastal ecosystem. Thus the "Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea" followed the guidelines of the precautionary principle and environmental research of the federal government. The research was carried out in association with the administrations of the Wadden Sea National Parks in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony.


Ecosystem Research Environmental Sciences Fauna Marine Ecology Marine Sciences Oceanography ecosystem plankton

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  • Sabine Dittmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum TerramareWilhelmshavenGermany

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