|Topographic monitoring of a middle estuary mudflat, Humber estuary, UK - anthropogenic impacts and natural variation|Boyes, S.J.; Allen, J.H. (2007). Topographic monitoring of a middle estuary mudflat, Humber estuary, UK - anthropogenic impacts and natural variation. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 55(10-12): 543-554. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2007.09.027
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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- Boyes, S.J.; Allen, J.H. (2007). Topographic monitoring of a middle estuary mudflat, Humber estuary, UK - anthropogenic impacts and natural variation, in: Zonta, R. et al. (Ed.) Measuring and managing changes in estuaries and lagoons. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55(Spec. Issue 10-12): pp. 543-554, more
Elevation; Elevation; Mud flats; Sedimentation; Topography; ANE, British Isles, England, Humberside, Humber Estuary [Marine Regions]; Marine
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Annual topographic surveys were carried out at the Saltend mudflat (Humber estuary, UK) between 1998 and 2006. These surveys formed part of an ongoing monitoring programme to examine the potential effects on the mudflat topography of the construction and operation of a waste water treatment works (WwTW) development by Yorkshire Water. Of particular concern was the potential disruption to the sedimentological regime within the special protection area (SPA) and candidate special area of conservation (cSAC) which could affect the invertebrate communities and ornithological functioning of the site. In addition to the development of the WwTW located to the extreme north-west of the site, a port extension removing 10 ha of the Saltend intertidal mudflat (outside the SPA but immediately south east of the WwTW) also occurred between 1999 and 2006. Minimal change was noted across the site following the construction and operation of the WwTW between 1998 and 2000. However, the construction of the bund in closer proximity to the SPA and cSAC masked any potential impact the WwTW could have had across the site after 2000. Profiles and contour mapping indicate that significant mudflat accretion occurred in the immediate area of the bund, with a general increase recorded across the western section of the site since 2000. In contrast the alternations to channel planform and subsequent rapid accretion of the mudflat to the east of the jetty, being a significant distance from the developments, are attributed to natural cyclical changes.