Tracer Studies of Benthic Communities and Biogeochemical Processes in Coastal and Estuarine Marine Environments

G. Cowie*, C. Woulds, Gregory Cowie

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Abstract

This chapter provides a summary of benthic processes and benthic-pelagic coupling in estuarine and coastal settings and how they contribute to the recognized biogeochemical importance of these environments. This is followed by a synopsis of the environmental controls on benthic faunal communities and the diverse ways in which benthic fauna contribute to sediment biogeochemistry. The main focus of the chapter is on methods and experimental details of tracer techniques that have been developed to assess these faunal processes, a summary of results from recent studies, and suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTREATISE ON ESTUARINE AND COASTAL SCIENCE, VOL 4: GEOCHEMISTRY OF ESTUARIES AND COASTS
EditorsE Wolanski, D McLusky
Place of PublicationSAN DIEGO
PublisherELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC
Pages39-70
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • IN-SITU EXPERIMENTS
  • DEEP-SEA SEDIMENTS
  • CONTINENTAL-SHELF SEDIMENTS
  • ADVECTIVE SOLUTE TRANSPORT
  • LUGWORM ARENICOLA-MARINA
  • SOUTH ATLANTIC BIGHT
  • BIVALVE ABRA-OVATA
  • SHORT-TERM FATE
  • ORGANIC-MATTER
  • INTERTIDAL SEDIMENT

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