Summary and Conclusions

  • Kenneth L. HeckJr.
Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 23)


The principal use of long-term environmental data records is to help formulate hypotheses about how ecological systems work. Long-term records are especially useful when a phenomenon under study is intermittent or has a relatively long periodicity. Long-term records also provide a standard against which the effects of experimental manipulations may be evaluated (Likens, 1983; Coull, 1985). The data derived from the long-term studies near Calvert Cliffs are first summarized and then the hypotheses about the ecological interactions indicated by these data are discussed. The effects of the construction and operation of the CCNPP on the Bay environment are evaluated and, finally, suggestions are made for future monitoring studies.


Dissolve Inorganic Nitrogen Submerged Vegetation Oyster Population Minimum Detectable Difference York Bight 
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