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Sediment and Water Movement in Industrialised Estuarine Environments

Acronym: SWAMIEE
Period: 1998 till 2001
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Coastal areas; Coastal areas; Environmental quality; Environmental quality; Estuaries
Geographical term: Europe [Marine Regions]

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  • University of Ferrara (UNIFE), more, partner

"Estuarine environments form a significant part of the tidally-influenced coastlines of Europe.
Sedimentological research undertaken in such environments has been either specialised and/or not in any great detail – in terms of processes. An interdisciplinary approach is required, based upon established and innovative research methods.
The specific research objectives of the SWAMIEE (Sediment and Water Movement in Industrialised Estuarine Environments) TMR Network (EU Contract No ERBFMRX-CT97-0111) were as follows:
i. to further the scientific understanding, at specific industrialised and non-industrialised locations, of the movement of water and sediment, at a variety of time scales, through an integrated programme of established and innovative field and laboratory work;
ii. to integrate the various data sets (geological, geomorphological, physicochemical and
sedimentological) into predictive (forecasting-hindcasting) numerical models, for use in the establishment of regional patterns of water and sediment movement and their sensitivity to changes in the controlling mechanisms;
iii. to transfer experience and expertise between European research groups working in different research disciplines and to foster the development of an applied approach to those concerned with environmental problems;
iv. to disseminate the results of the research to various end-users of estuarine environments.
The participants in SWAMIEE included: University of Southampton, U.K. (Co-ordinator); Université de Bordeaux I, France; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (ER 109 – Laboratoire de Géologie, Rouen), France; Universidade do Algarve, Portugal; Universitá di Ferrara, Italy; University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Plymouth, U.K.; University of Oxford, U.K.; and Danish Hydraulic Institute, Denmark"

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