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Table 4 Habitat characteristics at the coast, the Oysterground and the Duck’s Bill

From: Benthos and demersal fish habitats in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea

  Coast Oysterground Duck’s Bill  
TOC (sediment) High Moderate Low Kröncke et al. (2004), Reiss and Kröncke (2005), Stöck and Kröncke (2001)
Chl a (sediment) High Moderate Moderate to high Kröncke et al. (2004), Reiss and Kröncke (2005), Boon and Duineveld (1998), Stöck et al. (2002)
Mud content High Low to moderate Low Kröncke et al. (2004), Reiss and Kröncke (2005), Stöck et al. (2002)
Sedimentation rate High Moderate Low Kröncke et al. (2004), Stöck et al. (2002)
Tidal stress High Moderate Low Becker et al. (1992), Dippner (1993)
Summer bottom temperature High Moderate Low Neumann et al. (2009), Ehrich et al. (2007)
Winter bottom temperature Low Moderate High Neumann et al. (2009), Ehrich et al. (2007)
Salinity Low Moderate High Becker et al. (1992), Ehrich et al. (2007)
Length of thermal stratification Low Moderate High Neumann et al. (2009), Becker et al. (1992);
Residual currents Low Moderate to high Moderate to high Becker et al. (1992)