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Integration of catchment and coastal processes

Research in this theme focuses on flows and interactions between land and sea. Research in shelf sea processes, including turbulence and vertical mixing, is integral to understanding the influence of the land on the biogeochemistry of coastal waters and pelagic primary production.

  • Dynamic modelling is used to improve understanding of the atmosphere-land-river-sea linkages of water, sediment, pathogen, macronutrient and greenhouse gas fluxes, particularly in wetlands and in the river-estuary transition zone.

  • The £2.8M HEFCW interdisciplinary Aberystwyth-Bangor Centre for Catchment & Coastal Research programme (2006-2012) centred on the Dyfi and Conwy rivers and adjoining shelf sea habitats.

BEAA research in the field of integration of catchment and coastal processes has been heavily supported by NERC.  Projects range from those:


Notable joint Bangor-Aberystwyth papers in the area of Integration of catchment and coastal processes include:

Bussell, JA; Gidman, EA; Causton, DR; Gwynn-Jones, D; Malham, SK; Jones, MLM; Reynolds, B; Seed, R (2008) Changes in the immune response and metabolic fingerprint of the mussel, Mytilus edulis (Linnaeus) in response to lowered salinity and physical stress. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 358: 78-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2008.01.018

Coscia, I; Robins, PE; Porter, JS; Malham, SK; Ironside, JE (2013) Modelled larval dispersal and measured gene flow: seascape genetics of the common cockle Cerastoderma edule in the southern Irish Sea. Conservation Genetics 14: 451-466. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-012-0404-4


Further details about staff working in this area:


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