The Oosterschelde Estuary (The Netherlands): a Case-Study of a Changing Ecosystem

  • Editors
  • P. H. Nienhuis
  • A. C. Smaal

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-XXIV
  2. The Oosterschelde estuary, a case-study of a changing ecosystem: an introduction

  3. Hydrodynamic and Geomorphological Changes in the Tidal System

  4. Structure and Functioning of the Pelagic System

  5. The Structure of the Benthic System

    1. Patrick M. Meire
      Pages 153-156
    2. N. Smol, K. A. Willems, J. C. R. Govaere, A. J. J. Sandee
      Pages 197-217
    3. Herman Hummel, Anne W. Fortuin, Roelof H. Bogaards, Andre Meijboom, Lein de Wolf
      Pages 219-234
  6. Ecology of the salt marshes

  7. The Response of Benthic Suspension Feeders to Environmental Changes

  8. The Analysis of a Dynamic Simulation Model for the Oosterschelde Ecosystem

    1. Olivier Klepper, Marcel W. M. van der Tol, Huub Scholten, Peter M. J. Herman
      Pages 437-451
    2. Huub Scholten, Marcel W. M. van der Tol
      Pages 453-474
  9. The Higher Trophic Levels

  10. The Oosterschelde estuary: an evaluation of changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 561-561
    2. C. J. van Westen, C. J. Colijn
      Pages 563-574
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 593-597

About this book


The Oosterschelde estuary is one of the estuaries in the Netherlands which remained after the Delta scheme was completed in 1986. In the seventies the Oosterschelde became a national symbol of the change in political thinking and decision making about the values of our natural environment. As a result of political decision a storm surge barrier was built in the mouth of the estuary, as a compromise between safety for the human population and nature conservation.
Owing to the broad interest in the meaning of the Oosterschelde estuary for Dutch and international societies, it became one of the most intensively studied coastal ecosystems in Western Europe. In an interdisciplinary approach of several state agencies and universities, a broad spectrum of physical, chemical and biological research has been carried out during the period of 1980--1989, dedicated to the structure and functioning of the saline ecosystem. The undisturbed estuary was studied during the period between 1980--1984. Large mathematical models had been constructed before 1986, to simulate future changes in the ecosystem. Further studies after the completion of the storm surge barrier (1986--1989) have been used for verification of the model. The integrated and summarized knowledge of the Oosterschelde ecosystem is used by water managers and nature and fisheries conservationists.
A case study for professional civil engineers, ecologists, marine biologists, water managers, decision makers, university students and anyone interested in physical, chemical and biological estuarine and coastal sciences.


ecology ecosystem environment nature conservation simulation

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4512-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1174-4
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