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The morphological development of intertidal mudflats

Objective



Intertidal mudflats fringe many hundreds of kilometres of the coasts of NWEurope. They are important in coast protection and as environments with highwildlife value, but they are vulnerable to sea level and climatic change and toanthropogenic pressures. The processes creating and maintaining the mudflatsare poorly known. The main hypothesis is that mudflat morphology is the result of physical, sedimentary and biological processes with very significantfeedback between them, eg, the biology stabilizing the sediment.INTRMUD aims to investigate the characteristics of mudflats withcontrasting tidal range, phase, wave exposure, sediment physical and biologicalproperties and biological community structure. Existing data from six mudflats be used in a GIS database to establish a classification scheme, and a series ofmodels of mudflat development. Further measurements on these sites using harmonmethods will refine the results, and detailed experiments will quantify the proand their interactions, their ranges and timescales of variation. These measurecover the hydrodynamics, sediment properties and biological processes. Joint exwill be undertaken on a few sites, starting with the Dollard Estuary, Netherlanthere are good facilities and background measurements. These experiments will bdevelop and validate computer models of the processes and feedbacks.The knowledge, classification scheme, data bases and computational moduleswill be available as tools for environmental management.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Plymouth
Address
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Place Du Séminaire
17137 L'houmeau
Cellule de Suivi du Littoral Haut Normand
France
Address
4,Rue Du Colonel Fabien
76600 Le Havre
HR WALLINGFORD LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Howbery Park
OX10 8BA Wallingford
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER)
France
Address
Centre De Nantes
44037 Nantes
Port Autonome du Havre
France
Address
Terre Plein De La Barre
76067 Le Havre
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
28,Vierstraat 28
4401 EA Yerseke
STICHTING WATERLOOPKUNDIG LABORATORIUM (WL/DELFT HYDRAULICS)
Netherlands
Address
185,Rotterdamseweg 185
2600 MH Delft
Sogreah Ingenierie SNC
France
Address
6,Rue De La Lorraine
38130 Echirolles
UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Denmark
Address
1,Nordre Ringgade 1-3
8000 Aarhus C
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
10,Oester Voldgade 10
1350 Koebenhavn K/copenhaegen
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
5,Princetonplein 5
3584 CC Utrecht
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address
127,Nieuwe Achtergracht
1018 WS Amsterdam
University of St Andrews
United Kingdom
Address
Gatty Marine Laboratory
St Andrews
University of Wales, Cardiff
United Kingdom
Address

CF1 3YE Cardiff