Biogeomorphological self-organization in sandy shelf seas

B.W. Borsje, S.J.M.H. Hulscher, P.M.J. Herman, S. Degraer

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Abstract

Benthic organisms live in the top centimeters of the seabed and change the structure of the seabed in ways not done by physical processes alone, either by reworking the sediment (e.g. bioturbators) or by providing structures (e.g. tube-building worms) and thereby create, modify and maintain habitats. Due to the interaction between the tidal current and the sandy seabed tidal sand waves are formed, which change in form continuously and thereby controlling the spatial and temporal distribution of benthic organisms. This paper investigates the mutual interactions between small-scale benthic organisms and the large-scale underwater landscape of coastal seas, by combining field observations, flume experiments and model studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMARID 2013
Subtitle of host publication4th International Conference on Marine and River Dune Dynamics. Bruges, Belgium. 15-17 April 2013
EditorsV. van Lancker, T. Garlan
Place of PublicationOostende, Belgium
PublisherVLIZ
Pages53-57
ISBN (Print)978-2-11-128352-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2013
EventMARID IV Marine and River Dune Dynamics 2013 - Provinciaal Hof, Brugge, Belgium
Duration: 15 Apr 201317 Apr 2013
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameVLIZ Special publication
PublisherVLIZ
Volume65
ISSN (Print)1377-0950

Workshop

WorkshopMARID IV Marine and River Dune Dynamics 2013
Abbreviated titleMARID IV
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityBrugge
Period15/04/1317/04/13
Other15-04-2013 - 17-04-2013

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