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Spatial and temporal patterns of intertidal macrobenthic populations in the Oosterschelde: are they influenced by the construction of the storm-surge barrier?
Meire, P.; Seys, J.; Buijs, J.; Coosen, J. (1994). Spatial and temporal patterns of intertidal macrobenthic populations in the Oosterschelde: are they influenced by the construction of the storm-surge barrier? Hydrobiologia 282-283: 157-182
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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    Brackish water

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Abstract
    The construction of a storm-surge barrier in the mouth of the Oosterschelde caused important hydrodynamical and morphological changes that could influence the macrobenthic populations. This paper is one in a series of five all dealing with the effects of the storm-surge barrier on macrozoobenthos and analyses the spatial and temporal distribution of macrozoobenthos in the Oosterschelde and its relationship with some environmental parameters, based on two large scale sampling campaigns, one before and one after the completion of the barrier. The relationship between density and biomass of different trophic groups and the mud content of the sediment and the depth was analysed. This relationship sometimes differed clearly between years. The correlation coefficient of a multiple regression between density and biomass of individual species and environmental factors, although significant in most cases, was very low, indicating that only a small proportion of the species variability was explained. From a TWINSPAN of the density data of 1985 and 1989 together we could conclude that, although the environmental parameters in a group of stations, showing a large faunal similarity in one year, did not change, the faunal composition did. This indicates that faunal changes are not necessarily linked to changes in the measured environmental parameters.

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