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Biological Processes in the Estuarine Environment

  • H. Kausch
Conference paper
Part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 36)

Abstract

Estuaries are complex systems which are governed by hydrographical factors, such as the tidal action and the mixing of freshwater and seawater, which produce complicated structural patterns that undergo continuous change in space and time. Ecological research in estuaries has to take into account that these changes are typical for the system and that variation in rather than the mean of the recorded values has to be considered. Furthermore, not only a structural analysis but also a detailed knowledge of the many different biological processes, their interactions and their interdependence with abiotic processes are the basis for a better understanding of the estuarine environment as a whole. In order to illustrate the complexity of the estuarine environment and the great importance of biological processes for the functioning of this type of ecosystem, a number of examples will be given, mostly from the turbid Elbe Estuary. These will confirm the need for more interdisciplinary research in this field.

Keywords

Suspended Matter Estuarine Environment Benthic Microalgae Salt Gradient Elbe Estuary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Kausch
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  1. 1.Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft, Hydrobiologische AbteilungUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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