Stream 1: Physical setting

Measuring bio-geophysical processes in dynamic and complex environments
  • M. Becker1, M. Fettweis2, A. Sottolichio3, R. Riethmüller4
  • 1 MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Research, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 2 Operational Directorate Natural Environment, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science, Belgium
  • 3 Aquitaine Earth Science Observatory, University of Bordeaux, France
  • 4 Institute of Coastal Research, Coastal Oceanographic Measuring Systems, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, Germany
Orals and posters
Human activity and climate related change of physical drivers induce increasing pressure on estuaries and coastal seas, affecting natural habitats by the alteration of hydrodynamics, sediment transport, morphology and the seafloor state. This context creates the demand for improved environmental observation techniques, extending our capabilities to measure physical and bio-geochemical processes at relevant spatio-temporal scales. However, gradients in topography, surface waves, and wind induced and tidal currents pose technical challenges to direct sampling and in-situ measurements. Additionally, techniques may by limited due to increased turbidity, as observed in engineered estuarine environments worldwide. In this session we invite contributions that present long-term observation concepts, or demonstrate innovative mission-specific, lander or ship-based deployments: How can we optimize measuring strategies in estuaries and coastal seas, and improve their performance in complex settings such as intertidal areas, strongly stratified water bodies, and estuaries with high concentrations of suspended matter? What is the state-of-the-art in measuring specific parameters including, but not limited to, turbulence, suspended matter concentration and particle properties? We also invite studies that elaborate on the extrapolation or representativeness of point measurements, and on the quantification of fluxes, taking into account the temporal variability of currents and the spatial heterogeneity of concentrations.
Supporting Publications
Organised by
  • Elsevier
  • ECSA
  • ZMT
  • ECSA
  • Future Earth
  • DHI
  • TriOS
  • Unisense