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Eco-morphological problems in the Yangtze Estuary and the Western Scheldt

De Vriend, H.J. and Wang, Z.B. and Ysebaert, T. and Herman, P.M.J. and Ding, P.X. (2011) Eco-morphological problems in the Yangtze Estuary and the Western Scheldt. Wetlands, 31, 1033-1042. ISSN 0277-5212.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13157-011-0239-7

Abstract

This paper compares the Yangtze Estuary in China and the Western Scheldt Estuary in The Netherlands by their morphodynamic and ecological systems, their engineering works and estuarine management issues, and the major challenges in studying them. Physically speaking, the two estuaries are very different. The Yangtze Estuary is much larger and much more influenced by the upstream river than the Western Scheldt. Yet, they also have a number of morphological and ecological features in common. Both estuaries have a multi-channel system and extensive intertidal flats and wetlands with ecologically valuable flora and fauna. These eco-morphological systems are influenced by similar societal developments and human activities. Examples of the latter are engineering works and dredging activities for improving and maintaining the navigation channels, and shoreline management activities including land reclamations and setbacks. The fundamental eco-morphological phenomena that remain to be analysed and understood are the same for the two estuaries and will be discussed in this paper.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:9945
Deposited On:10 Oct 2011 02:00
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 16:40

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