Bedforms as Benthic Habitats: Living on the Edge, Chaos, Order and Complexity

  • V. Van LanckerEmail author


Bedforms as benthic habitats are studied increasingly as acquisition and analysis of acoustic data improve in capturing, visualizing and quantifying terrain variables on various scales. However, feedback mechanisms between geomorphology and benthos are not always clear and complexity increases where humans also affect the benthos-landscape relationship. Based on research-oriented seabed mapping along the Belgian part of the North Sea (BPNS), a synthesis is provided on where increased biodiversity has been observed in relation to active bedforms.


Sandbank Dunes Substrate Sediment dynamics Biogenic reefs Marine Strategy Framework Directive 



This chapter contributes to the Belspo ( projects HABITAT (MN/02/89), MAREBASSE (EV/02/18A), QUEST4D (SD/NS/06B), EnSIS (SD/NS/09A) and TILES (BR/121/A2/TILES), as well to contracts from the Agency of Maritime and Coastal Services (HABITAT/99380/200.455; MOZ4/211.177) and from private funds (ZAGRI). Special thanks are due to the officers and crew of the R/V Belgica. Shiptime was provided by Belspo and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Operational Directorate Natural EnvironmentRoyal Belgian Institute of Natural SciencesBrusselsBelgium

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