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Importance of tropical coastal environments

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dc.contributor Universidade Federal Fluminense
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor State University Of New York (suny) Stony Brook
dc.contributor Univ Fed Fluminense
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor State University Of New York (suny) System
dc.contributor Suny Stony Brook
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science (aims) en FIGUEIREDO, AG NITTROUER, CA BRUNSKILL, GJ 2017-03-21T00:57:18Z 2013-02-28T06:42:18Z 2013-02-28T06:42:18Z 2020-09-02T03:49:59Z 2017-03-21T00:57:18Z 2013-02-28T06:42:18Z 2013-02-28T06:42:18Z 2020-09-02T03:49:59Z 1995-12-01
dc.identifier 2929 en
dc.identifier.citation Nittrouer C, Brunskill GJ and Figueiredo AG (1995) Importance of tropical coastal environments. Geo-Marine Letters. 15: 121-126. en
dc.identifier.issn 0276-0460
dc.description.abstract On a global basis, a very large fraction (> 50%) of the mass flux from land to the marine environment enters from tropical rivers. A broad range of processes active in the adjacent coastal ocean determines the fate of this material. The tropical setting causes many of the coastal processes to be fundamentally distinct from those operating in temperate and polar regions. Therefore, their operation cannot necessarily be understood by extrapolation from empirical observations at higher latitudes. Other coastal processes are influenced by the extremely large water, particulate, and solute discharges from tropical rivers. Further complexity is added by the diverse range of geographic settings through which tropical rivers flow and into which they empty. In summary, coastal-ocean processes in the wet tropics are: globally important, fundamentally different than at higher latitudes, and diverse in operation. Many recent advances have been made in the understanding of the tropical coastal ocean, and it is hoped these will continue into the future. Such understanding is important for predicting processes of river-ocean interaction and terrestrial fluxes to the global ocean, which affect and are affected by human populations. It also can be combined with knowledge of temperate and polar settings to provide a comprehensive understanding of the coastal ocean.
dc.language English
dc.language en en
dc.relation.ispartof Null
dc.relation.ispartof Geo-Marine Letters - pages: 15: 121-126 en
dc.subject Estuary
dc.subject Amazon Continental-shelf
dc.subject Ocean
dc.subject Sediment
dc.subject Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
dc.subject Oceanography
dc.subject Fly-delta
dc.subject Papua-new-guinea
dc.subject River
dc.subject Diagenesis
dc.subject Gulf
dc.subject Plumes
dc.subject Geology
dc.title Importance of tropical coastal environments
dc.type journal article en
dc.identifier.wos WOS:A1995TN59600002

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