Introduction to the Application of Paleoecological Techniques in Estuaries

  • Kathryn H. Taffs
  • Krystyna M. Saunders
  • Kaarina Weckström
  • Peter A. Gell
  • C. Gregory Skilbeck
Chapter
Part of the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research book series (DPER, volume 20)

Abstract

Modern estuaries are naturally dynamic coastal environments that grade from the freshwater of a riverine ecosystem to the salt water of the ocean. The geographic location and the latitudinal climate setting determine the variability within an estuary, and the unique combinations of tides, waves and wind regimes, with the impinging ocean currents, create the dynamic physical and chemical environment. Variability in the estuarine environment can range across diurnal to decadal time scales. Within this setting reside highly diverse ecosystems containing rich biological resources adapted to the constantly changing environment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn H. Taffs
    • 1
  • Krystyna M. Saunders
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kaarina Weckström
    • 4
  • Peter A. Gell
    • 5
  • C. Gregory Skilbeck
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationLucas HeightsAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Marine Geology and GlaciologyGeological Survey of Denmark and GreenlandCopenhagenDenmark
  5. 5.Faculty of Science and TechnologyWater Research Network, Federation University AustraliaMt HelenAustralia
  6. 6.School of Life Sciences, University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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