The BILEX Concept — Research Supporting Public Water Quality Surveillance in Estuaries

  • W. Michaelis
Part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 36)


Estuaries are characterized by pronounced spatial heterogeneities and temporal variabilities in the composition of the water body. These features make water quality assessment and flux measurements a difficult task. Well-aimed research may effectively support the functions of the public authorities. Field campaigns performed by the GKSS Research Centre are understood along these lines. The concept is described and typical applications are discussed: investigations of the representativeness of stationary data recording stations, the validation of numerical transport models, studies of the fluxes of particulate matter and pollutants during intensive field campaigns, and the determination of the long-term discharge over selected cross-sections.


Suspended Particulate Matter Suspended Matter River Section Stationary Platform Trace Substance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Michaelis
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  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsGKSS Research Centre GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany

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