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Ecomorphological Decision Support System for the Western Scheldt
Baptist, M.J.; de Vries, M.B.; Wang, Z.B.; Babovic, V.M.; Larsen, L.C. (1998). Ecomorphological Decision Support System for the Western Scheldt, in: Babovic, V.M. et al. (Ed.) Hydroinformatics '98. Proceedings of the third international conference on hydroinformatics, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-26 August 1998. pp. 1245-1249
In: Babovic, V.M.; Larsen, L.C. (Ed.) (1998). Hydroinformatics '98. Proceedings of the third international conference on hydroinformatics, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-26 August 1998. A.A. Balkema: Rotterdam. ISBN 90-5410-983-1. Vol. 1 (XX, 724); Vol. 2 (XI, 725-1500) + CD-ROM pp., more

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Keywords
    ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]; Brackish water; Fresh water

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  • Babovic, V.M., editor
  • Larsen, L.C., editor

Abstract
    The Ecomorphological Decision Support System for the Western Scheldt area in the Netherlands computes the long term effects of morphological impacts on the functioning of the ecosystem. Changes in the morphology of the estuary caused by dredging are translated into spatial changes of the silt content in the bottom and the altered profiles of tidal flats and channels. This results in a change of available habitat area for benthic organisms, leading to changed potential biomass, affecting the ecological functioning of the system. Evaluation and analysis of morphological, hydrodynamical and ecological results for different dredging scenario's, support decision-makers to optimise the dredging operation with respect to ecological damage.

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