|Benthic-pelagic coupling: a benthic view|
Graf, G. (1992). Benthic-pelagic coupling: a benthic view. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 30: 149-190
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
Benthic-pelagic coupling is described on a community level reviewing examples from Kiel Bight (Baltic Sea) and the Norwegian-Greenland Sea. An energy flow equation for marine sediments is developed, analogous to the one for animals, which includes processes such as biodeposition, sedimentation, as well as lateral advection, all types of bioturbation, and physical transport mechanisms through the sediment-water interface. The fast response and deep-reaching effects of sedimentation events the budget problem, and the importance of lateral advection as well as resuspension for the understanding of a marine soft-bottom ecosystem are discussed.