Forecasting the Deposition and Biological Effects of Excess Carbon from Sewage Discharges
ISBN: 1 84057
A model (BenOss) has been developed which predicts organic carbon deposition on the seabed and associated changes in soft sediment benthic communities. Modules take into account the hydrodynamic regime of an area, primary production and dispersion, settlement, resuspension and degradation of organic carbon. Although the model was developed to allow comparative prediction of the impact of primary and secondary treated sewage effluent on marine benthic ecosystems, it has a wider application and can be used to assess the impact of any organic matter discharge made to sea.