publication . Thesis . 2012

Measurement of changes in marine benthic ecosystem function following physical disturbance by dredging

Wan Hussin, Wan Mohd Rauhan;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2012
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Measuring the impact of physical disturbance on macrofaunal communities and sediment composition is important given the increased demand for the exploitation and disturbance of marine ecosystems. The aim of the present investigation was to provide a comprehensive study about the extent to which the disturbance (especially aggregate dredging) may affect benthic ecosystem function. The first part of the thesis concerns a field investigation of the impacts of dredging on the benthic community and related ecosystem function which was measured by different approaches including traditional methods based on benthic community structure and a more novel approach based on...
Subjects
free text keywords: Benthic community, Ecosystem function, Functional traits, Marine aggregate dredging, Sediment stability, QH545.D7W2, Benthic animals--Effect of dredging on, Ocean bottom ecology, Marine sediments--Stability, Dredging--Environmental aspects
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