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Flow hydrodynamics on a mudflat and in salt marsh vegetation: identifying general relationships for habitat characterisations
Bouma, T.J.; de Vries, M.B.; Low, E.; Kusters, L.; Herman, P.M.J.; Tánczos, I.C.; Temmerman, S.; Hesselink, A.W.; Meire, P.; Van Regenmortel, S. (2005). Flow hydrodynamics on a mudflat and in salt marsh vegetation: identifying general relationships for habitat characterisations, in: Meire, P. et al. (Ed.) Ecological structures and functions in the Scheldt Estuary: from past to future. Hydrobiologia, 540(1-3): pp. 259-274
In: Meire, P.; Van Damme, S. (Ed.) (2005). Ecological structures and functions in the Scheldt Estuary: from past to future. Hydrobiologia, 540(1-3). Springer: Dordrecht. 1-278 pp., more
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Bouma, T.J.; de Vries, M.B.; Low, E.; Kusters, L.; Herman, P.M.J.; Tánczos, I.C.; Temmerman, S.; Hesselink, A.W.; Meire, P.; Van Regenmortel, S. (2005). Flow hydrodynamics on a mudflat and in salt marsh vegetation: identifying general relationships for habitat characterisations. Hydrobiologia 540(1-3): 259-274. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-004-7149-0, more

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Keywords
    Current velocity; Mud flats; Velocity profilers; Waves; Waves; ANE, Netherlands, Westerschelde [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water
Author keywords
    creek; current velocity; marsh vegetation; mudflat; velocity profiles; waves

Authors  Top 
  • Bouma, T.J., more
  • de Vries, M.B., more
  • Low, E.
  • Kusters, L.
  • Herman, P.M.J., more
  • Tánczos, I.C.
  • Temmerman, S., more
  • Hesselink, A.W.
  • Meire, P., more
  • Van Regenmortel, S., more

Abstract
    We present an overview of a large collaborative field campaign, in which we collected a long-term (months) high-resolution (4 Hz measurement frequency) hydrodynamic data set for several locations at the mudflat–salt marsh ecosystem and linked this to data on sediment transport and to a biological description of the organisms on the mudflat and the marsh. In this paper, part of this database has been used to identify general relationships that can be used for making hydrodynamic characterisations of mudflat–salt marsh ecosystems. We observed a clear linear relation between tidal amplitude and the maximum current velocity, both at the mudflat as well as within the marsh vegetation. Velocities in the vegetation were however a magnitude lower than those on the mudflat. This relationship offers promising possibilities for making hydrodynamic habitat characterisations and for validating hydrodynamic models.

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