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Increasing turbidity of the Dutch Wadden Sea: The possible causes and consequences for the Wadden Sea and its salt marshes

Bartelds, M.C. (2009) Increasing turbidity of the Dutch Wadden Sea: The possible causes and consequences for the Wadden Sea and its salt marshes. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

To understand the dynamics and to make predictions for the future state of the Wadden Sea it is important to know what forces are participating. The increase in turbidity in the Dutch Wadden Sea is a topic where a lot of research is focused on and is expected to have a certain negative effect for the present state of the Wadden Sea and subsequently the associated salt marshes. Therefore this paper is giving an overview of factors that could have an effect on the increasing turbidity. Influencing factors such as increased river discharge, dredging, fisheries, vanishing eelgrass beds and sea-level rise are subject to human activities. Many studies support this hypothesis, although indisputable evidence is hard to find because of the ecological interactions of the Wadden Sea. In general the present state of the Wadden Sea is a result of human activities in the past and the future state is depending on the human effort in preservation to remain or improve this present state.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/8722

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