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Mud balance Sea Scheldt: subreport 6 - Historical evolution (1930-2011) of mud deposition/erosion in the intertidal areas of the Scheldt estuary
Wang, C.; Temmerman, S.; Vanlede, J.; Vandenbruwaene, W.; Verwaest, T.; Mostaert, F. (2015). Mud balance Sea Scheldt: subreport 6 - Historical evolution (1930-2011) of mud deposition/erosion in the intertidal areas of the Scheldt estuary. Version 4.0. WL Rapporten, 00_029. Flanders Hydraulics Research/University of Antwerp. Ecosystem Management Research Group (ECOBE): Antwerp. IV, 68 pp.
Part of: WL Rapporten. Waterbouwkundig Laboratorium: Antwerpen, more

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Document type: Project report

Keyword
    Mud
Author keywords
    Intertidal areas; Sediment balance

Project Top | Authors 
  • Slibbalans Zeeschelde, more

Authors  Top 
  • Wang, C.
  • Temmerman, S., more
  • Vanlede, J., more
  • Vandenbruwaene, W., more
  • Verwaest, T., more
  • Mostaert, F., more

Abstract
    The mud dynamics in an estuary are known to be a key element in estuarine functioning, as increasing suspended sediment concentrations may be both harmful for ecological functions such as biomass production by phytoplankton, as well as deteriorative for human functions such as by siltation of shipping channels. Considering the potential risk of increase in suspended sediment concentration in the Scheldt estuary, it is relevant to know the historical evolution of the mud deposition/erosion in intertidal areas. This subreport aims to quantify the mud deposition/erosion in different time periods since 1930 to present, for different intertidal ecotope types, and for different zones along the Scheldt estuary, including the Western Scheldt and Sea Scheldt. We analyzed the height change, volume change, eroded or deposited mud mass, and the overall mud balance in time steps between 1930 and 2011.

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