Ecology of Baltic Coastal Waters by Ulrich Schiewer

By Ulrich Schiewer

This quantity offers the 1st accomplished assessment of the large ecological range of Baltic coastal ecosystems. a quick creation into the Baltic Sea as a reference atmosphere is by means of precise descriptions of the features of coastal ecosystems. Ecological case reviews from the subsequent 4 areas illustrate the various reactions of those ecosystems to ordinary and anthropogenic affects: Southern Baltic coast: Fjörden, Boddens, Lagoons and nearshore zones, japanese Baltic coast: Gulf of Gdansk, Gulf of Riga, Northeastern Baltic coast: Neva Estuary and Gulf of Finland, Western Baltic coast: Stockholm Archipelago, Askö zone and Himmerfjärden, Odense Fjord and Kerteminde Fjord/Kertinge Nor.This quantity additionally provides a synthesis of the typical and distinguishing features and techniques of the coastal waters in comparison with the Baltic right, in addition to highlighting study deficits. An outlook on additional advancements in coastal learn rounds off the quantity.

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In both cases there is a phosphate limitation (Andersson et al. 1996). A top-down limitation of the phytoplankton exists only in exceptional cases in summer. For bacteria, obviously the same conditions are valid with regard to bottom-up control (Zweifel et al. 1993; Kuparinen and Heinänen 1993), although a clear topdown limitation by grazing of the heterotrophic flagellates and protozoans can be proved at least for the oligotrophic northern part of the Baltic Sea (Samuelsson and Andersson 2003).

5 m. The stochastic water exchange with the Baltic Sea causes a “washout-effect”, which raises the loading level of these waters. The often shallow shores allow for extensive flooding. ), this volume]; quick increases in salinity of 100% and more are not unusual. This results in strong hyperosmotic stress situations for both flora and fauna. High river water inputs can also result in a drastic decrease in salinity and thus cause hypoosmotic stress [see Chaps. ), this volume]. The shallowness of the waters allows high variations of light levels and temperature.

Further east, different hard bottom coasts and rocky shores are characteristic. The latter applies also to the Finnish and the Swedish coasts to a great extent. Their further differentiation results from the formation of fjord and “fjärd” coasts, characterised by bays stretching deep into the mainland. Often accompanied by numerous islands in front of the coast, forming the “Schärenhof” (skerry) coasts and the Archipelago. The inner parts of the archipelago are sheltered and often consist of soft bottom shores.

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