PrefaceContentsContributorsSection 1: Hydrodynamics and suspended particulate matter in bays andback-barrier tidal basinsHydrodynamics of Chwaka Bay, a shallow mangrove-fringedtropical embayment, Tanzania(N. Nyandwi, O.U. Mwaipopo). Tidal characteristics of an accretional tidal flat (The Wash, U.K.)(X. Ke., M. Collins). Quantifying concentration and flux of suspended particulatematter through a tidal inlet of the East Frisian Wadden Seaby acoustic doppler current profiling(P. Santamarina Cuneo, B.W. Flemming). Section 2: Erosion, deposition, and sediment budgets of tidal flatsSurface erosion of fine-grained sediment revisited(A. J. Mehta, T.M. Parchure). Comparison of the erosion shear stress of oxic and anoxicsediments in the East Frisian Wadden Sea(I. Austen, G. Witte). Mass balancing the seasonal turnover of mud and sand in the vicinityof an intertidal mussel bank in the Wadden Sea (southern North Sea)(A. Bartholomä, B.W. Flemming, M.T. Delafontaine). Mass balancing the seasonal turnover of POC in mud and sand on aback-barrier tidal flat (southern North Sea)(M.T. Delafontaine, B.W. Flemming, A. Bartholomä). Section 3: Primary production, nutrient fluxes and mineralisation in shallow coastal lagoons (Bodden) of the Baltic SeaSignificance of microphytobenthic primary productionin the Bodden (southern Baltic Sea)(S. Gerbersdorf, H.J. Black, J. Meyercordt,L.-A. Meyer-Reil, T. Rieling, I. Stodian). Bodden waters (southern Baltic Sea) as a source ofmethane and nitrous oxide(S. Dahlke, C. Wolff, L.-A. Meyer-Reil, H.W. Bange,R. Ramesh, S. Rapsomanikis, M.O. Andreae). Geochemical investigations of iron and manganesein coastal sediments of the southern Baltic Sea(I. Stodian, H.J. Black, S. Gerbersdorf, M. Köster,L.-A. Meyer-Reil, T. Rieling). Phosphorus in sediments from coastal waters ofMecklenburg-Vorpommern (southern Baltic Sea)(S. Berghoff, G. Schlungbaum, U. Selig). Benthic microbial decomposition of organic matter and nutrientfluxes at the sediment-water interface in a shallow coastal inletof the southern Baltic Sea (Nordrügensche Bodden)(T. Rieling, S. Gerbersdorf, I. Stodian, H.J. Black, S. Dahlke,M. Köster, J. Meyercordt, L.-A. Meyer-Reil). Significance of aerobic and anaerobic mineralization processesof organic carbon in sediments of a shallow coastal inletin the southern Baltic Sea(M. Köster, H.-D. Babenzien, H.J. Black, S. Dahlke,S. Gerbersdorf, J. Meyercordt, L.-A. Meyer-Reil,T. Rieling, I. Stodian, A. Voigt). Section 4: Sediment geochemistry in salt-marshes and Holocene depositsEffects of plant roots on salt-marsh sediment geochemistry(M.I. Caçador, M.J. Madureira, C. Vale). Elemental composition of siderite grains in early Holocenedeposits of Youngjong Island (west coast of Korea),and its palaeoenvironmental implications(B.-K. Khim, K.-S. Choi, Y.A. Park). Section 5: Sea-level rise, land reclamation, and resource managementThe impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal fisheries resourcesand aquatic ecosystems of Cameroon (Central Africa)(C.E. Gabche, T.J. Youmbi, C.A. Angwe). Impacts of sea-level rise and human activities on the evolutionof the Pearl River delta, South China(M.-K. Han, L. Wu, Y.-F. Liu, N. Mimura). The combined impacts of mean sea-level rise and secular trendsin mean tidal range on the marine environment in the vicinityof the Huanghe River mouth(J. Zhang, J. Wang). The missing mud flats of the Wadden Sea: a reconstructionof sediments and accommodation space lost in the wake ofland reclamation(S. Mai, A. Bartholomä). The Wadden Sea squeeze as a cause of decreasing sedimentaryorganic loading(M.T.Delafontaine, B.W. Flemming, S. Mai). The utilization of coastal tidal flats: a case-study on IntegratedCoastal Area Management from China(Y. Wang, X. Zou, D. Zhu).