Structure and function of the benthos in estuarine and coastal ecosystems in relation to current and future anthropogenic influences
Dutch title: Structuur en functie van het benthos in estuariene en kustecosystemen in relatie tot huidige en toekomstige antropogene invloeden Parent project: Impulsprogramme "Marine Sciences", more Reference no: MS/A2/08; P102/120NW492 Period: October 1992 till March 1997 Status: Completed
The role of the benthos in the dynamics of marine ecosystems will be studied by determining the share played by the benthos in the re-utilisation of the organic material which arrives on the sea bottom. The temporal and spatial variability of these processes in the Westerschelde estuary and in the Belgian coastal zone will be determined. The project will examine both the meiobenthic components (primarily nematodes) and the hyperbenthic communities.