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Sediment sampling in estuaries: site selection and sampling techniques

Skilbeck, C. Gregory, Trevathan-Tackett, Stacey, Apichanangkool, Pemika and Macreadie, Peter I. 2017, Sediment sampling in estuaries: site selection and sampling techniques. In Weckstrom, Kaarina, Saunders, Kystyna M., Gell, Peter A. and Skillbeck, C. Gregory (ed), Applications of paleoenvironmental techniques in estuarine studies, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.89-120, doi: 10.1007/978-94-024-0990-1_5.


Title Sediment sampling in estuaries: site selection and sampling techniques
Author(s) Skilbeck, C. Gregory
Trevathan-Tackett, Stacey
Apichanangkool, Pemika
Macreadie, Peter I.ORCID iD for Macreadie, Peter I. orcid.org/0000-0001-7362-0882
Title of book Applications of paleoenvironmental techniques in estuarine studies
Editor(s) Weckstrom, Kaarina
Saunders, Kystyna M.
Gell, Peter A.
Skillbeck, C. Gregory
Publication date 2017
Series Developments in paleoenvironmental research
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 24
Start page 89
End page 120
Total pages 32
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Sediment coring
Site selection
Sampling technique
Subsurface
Stratigraphy
Summary In this chapter a range of sediment sampling techniques specifically suited to estuarine conditions are briefly described and discussed. Advice is provided about the selection of appropriate coring sites and techniques for a variety of conditions, including water depth, varying sediment composition, and sample analytical requirements. In the section on experimental design we briefly consider issues to do with sample replication from both a biological and geological perspective. During coring, alterations are inevitably made to the texture of the sediment, including compaction and water loss, resulting in changes to bulk density and the structure of the pore spaces, and physical disruption to layering. We comment on the nature of some of these disturbances, their dependency on sediment composition, which techniques to choose to minimise occurrence and, if necessary, how and when to make measurements to determine the amount of change caused by coring. Several factors need to be considered during the core recovery phase to ensure optimal retrieval of the core. These include use of core catchers and plugs to minimise or prevent loss of sediment during recovery. Freeze coring is recommended where the sediment-water interface is poorly defined or the sediments are particularly watery. Finally, we discuss transport and initial storage of core
ISBN 9402409882
9789402409888
ISSN 1571-5299
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-94-024-0990-1_5
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
050203 Environmental Education and Extension
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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