Water Quality Management in the Southern North Sea

by J. P. G. van de Kamer, Ministry of Transport, Public works and water managment., Hague, Netherlands,
K. J. Wulffraat, Ministry of Transport, Public works and water managment., Hague, Netherlands,
A. Cramer, Ministry of Transport, Public works and water managment., Hague, Netherlands,
M. J. P. H. Waltmans, Ministry of Transport, Public works and water managment., Hague, Netherlands,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Southern North Sea

Abstract: The inhomogeneous spatial distribution of the water and (suspended) sediments quality in the southern North Sea is determined mainly by the specific transport and mixing of water masses. Tidal averaged, anti-clockwise circulation patterns consist of Atlantic water, entering from the south through the Dover Strait and from the north along the British east coast. Fresh water is contributed by continental and British rivers. The northward directed outflow is concentrated along the Danish and Norwegian coasts. Variations in riverine inputs, dumping of dredged materials and atmospheric deposition as well as physical, chemical and biological processes superimpose temporal inhomogeneities or trends.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Quality control | Sea water | Light rail transit | Water circulation | Water supply systems | Dredged materials | Spatial distribution | Suspended sediment | Seas and oceans | North Sea

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