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On the short- and long-term SPM variations in the Scheldt estuary
Vandenbruwaene, W.; Wildemeersch, K.; Plancke, Y.; Vanlede, J. (2015). On the short- and long-term SPM variations in the Scheldt estuary, in: Scheldt Estuary: physics and integrated management - Special Session on of the 36th IAHR WORLD CONGRESS, 28 June – 3 July, 2015, Delft and The Hague, the Netherlands. pp. 57-60
In: (2015). Scheldt Estuary: physics and integrated management - Special Session on of the 36th IAHR WORLD CONGRESS, 28 June – 3 July, 2015, Delft and The Hague, the Netherlands. Deltares: Delft. 110 pp., more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Suspended particulate matter; Tides
Author keywords
    Scheldt estuary; suspended particle matter (SPM); historical evolution; tide; riverine discharge

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  • Vandenbruwaene, W., more
  • Wildemeersch, K.
  • Plancke, Y., more
  • Vanlede, J., more

Abstract
    Recently there has been a growing interest in the question whether or not the Scheldt estuary may evolve towards a hyper-turbid system. Typical for such a regime shift is an increase in suspended particle matter (SPM) over a time scale of several decades. In this research we studied the historical evolution of SPM in the Scheldt estuary by the analysis of data over a period of 18 years (1995-2013). We looked at the effect of the tide, riverine discharge, seasons and sediment disposal (short-term) in order to understand the effect of these physical parameters on the SPM signal and its historical evolution (long-term).

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