Muddy coasts are land-sea transitional environments commonly found along low-energy shorelines which either receive large annual supplies of muddy sediments, or where unconsolidated muddy deposits are being eroded by wave action.
In providing 21 case studies in different parts of the world this book provides an up-to-date review of the state of the art in muddy coast research. Issues dealing with hydrodynamics and suspended matter transport, erosion, deposition, and sediment budgets on tidal flats, primary production, nutrient fluxes and mineralization in lagoons are treated in a multi disciplinary manner. Most articles deal with issues which are of relevance with respect to global warming and future sea level rise.

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Preface Contents Contributors Section 1: Hydrodynamics and suspended particulate matter in bays and back-barrier tidal basins Hydrodynamics of Chwaka Bay, a shallow mangrove-fringed tropical 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 particulate matter through a tidal inlet of the East Frisian Wadden Sea by acoustic doppler current profiling (P. Santamarina Cuneo, B.W. Flemming). Section 2: Erosion, deposition, and sediment budgets of tidal flats Surface erosion of fine-grained sediment revisited (A. J. Mehta, T.M. Parchure). Comparison of the erosion shear stress of oxic and anoxic sediments in the East Frisian Wadden Sea (I. Austen, G. Witte). Mass balancing the seasonal turnover of mud and sand in the vicinity of 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 a back-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 Sea Significance of microphytobenthic primary production in the Bodden (southern Baltic Sea) (S. Gerbersdorf, H.J. Black, J. Meyercordt,


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@from:D. Scavia, Nat'l Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA @qu:...The papers were all peer reviewed prior to publication and their quality reflects that. The results of thorough editing and proof reading are clearly evident. The common format among papers and clear writing style made for easy reading and comprehension.
...I recommend this survey of case studies that explore the dynamics of muddy coastal environments to specialists in these areas, as well as to those with a more general interest in how these processes impact use and sustainability of these environments. @source:Oceanography, Vol. 14. No. 4 @from:B. Kjerfve @qu:...This reference volume is recommended reading for students and researchers who wish to obtain more detailed information on a number of specific coastal systems dominated by mud; it complements the SCOR results published in Muddy Coasts of the World: Processes, Deposits and Functions. @source:EOS @from:M. Grégoire @qu:...The papers presented in this book are all of high quality level, clearly written and organized including high-quality illustrations and a complete uniform bibliography. ...I recommend this survey of case studies that provide an up-to-date review of the state of the art in the dynamics of muddy coastal waters to specialists in this area, as well as to those with a more general interest in the physical and biogeochemical functioning of muddy coastal areas and in their protection. @source:Journal of Marine Systems