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An Integrated Sediment Disturber (ISD) to study the impact of repeated physical perturbations on sediment geochemistry and the small benthic biota

Soltwedel, Thomas and Lansard, Bruno and Gilbert, Franck and Hasemann, Christiane and Bell, Elanor and Sablotny, Burkhard and Eagle, Matthew and Kershaw, Peter and Rabouille, Christophe An Integrated Sediment Disturber (ISD) to study the impact of repeated physical perturbations on sediment geochemistry and the small benthic biota. (2008) Limnology and Oceanography : Methods, 6. 307-318. ISSN 1541-5856

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4319/lom.2008.6.307


An Integrated Sediment Disturber (ISD) was developed to study the effects of repeated physical disturbances on sediment geochemistry and associated benthic fauna. The ISD is capable to generate a strong, more or less uniform mixing of surface sediments by three rotating fork-like disturber units of approximately 1 m in diameter. Perturbations can be set at different intensities and frequencies, e.g., on times scales of hours, days, or weeks, depending on the experimental design. The ISD carries an Autonomous Positioning Drive (APD) module, which allows the three-dimensional positioning of sensors by a programmable controller. The three circular disturbed zones and an undisturbed control area in-between can be monitored at specified frequencies using a microprofiler with microelectrodes for measuring various parameters (e.g., oxygen, pH, hydrogen sulphide). All operations are supervised by a digital stills camera. Sediment sampling at the start and end point using coring devices handled by divers (and potentially undertaken using a Remotely Operated Vehicle) provides material to study shifts in biodiversity of the small sediment-inhabiting biota and alterations in ecosystem functioning in response to perturbations and the changing geochemical characteristics of surface sediments.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02881049
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines -UVSQ (FRANCE)
Other partners > Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research - AWI (GERMANY)
Other partners > Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science - CEFAS (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS (SCOTLAND)
Other partners > Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille II (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universität Potsdam (GERMANY)
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