© 1985

Temporal Dynamics of an Estuary: San Francisco Bay

  • James E. Cloern
  • Frederic H. Nichols

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. T. J. Conomos, R. E. Smith, J. W. Gartner
    Pages 1-12
  3. R. A. Walters, R. T. Cheng, T. J. Conomos
    Pages 13-36
  4. David H. Peterson, Richard E. Smith, Stephen W. Hager, Dana D. Harmon, Raynol E. Herndon, Laurence E. Schemel
    Pages 37-58
  5. Blayne Hartman, Douglas E. Hammond
    Pages 59-68
  6. Douglas E. Hammond, Christopher Fuller, Dana Harmon, Blayne Hartman, Michael Korosec, Laurence G. Miller et al.
    Pages 69-90
  7. Frederic H. Nichols, Janet K. Thompson
    Pages 121-138
  8. James E. Cloern, Brian E. Cole, Raymond L. J. Wong, Andrea E. Alpine
    Pages 153-176
  9. Julie W. Ambler, James E. Cloern, Anne Hutchinson
    Pages 177-197

About this book


Estuaries are highly dynamic systems subject to changes occurring over a spectrum of time scales ranging from very short periods (e. g. over a tidal cycle) to geologic time scales. The nature of an estuary reflects complex responses to many driving forces, each having a characteristic frequency (or frequencies) of change. For example, freshwater inflow to estuaries varies daily in response to short-term events such as storms, seasonally, and between years as a result of longer-term climatic variability. Other important components of weather, e. g. wind speed/ direction and daily insolation, also vary over time scales ranging from hours to years. Tidal amplitude changes continuously with dominant frequencies associated with the semi-diurnal cycle, the fortnightly neap-spring, and the semi-annual cycle. Temporal dynamics of these driving forces evoke responses in the form of changing (I) circulation patterns and mixing, (2) sediment composition and transport, (3) solute speciation and distribution, (4) composition and abundance of particulates, (5) biomass, species composition, and productivity of plant and animal communities, (6) rates of material exchange between the sediments, water column, and atmosphere, and (7) bioavailability of trace metals and other pollutants. The purpose of this book is to examine the temporal dynamics of these properties and processes in the San Francisco Bay estuary.


benthic environment fluxes phytoplankton plankton temporal dynamics zooplankton

Editors and affiliations

  • James E. Cloern
    • 1
  • Frederic H. Nichols
    • 1
  1. 1.USGSMenlo ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Temporal Dynamics of an Estuary: San Francisco Bay
  • Editors James E. Cloern
    Frederic H. Nichols
  • Series Title Developments in Hydrobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-6193-538-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8940-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5528-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 237
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Freshwater & Marine Ecology
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`... it is also welcome as a solid, first-class contribution to the knowledge of estuarine processes in one of the world's most complicated estuarine systems.'
The Quarterly Review of Biology, 61 (1986)