AB 2:219-238 (2008)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/ab00053

Quantification of sediment reworking rates in bioturbation research: a review

Olivier Maire1,*, Pascal Lecroart2, Filip Meysman3, Rutger Rosenberg4, Jean-Claude Duchêne5,6, Antoine Grémare7

1Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire AB41 6AA, UK
2Université Bordeaux 1, CNRS, UMR 5805 EPOC, Avenue des Facultés, 33405 Talence, France
3Laboratory for Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel, Belgium
4Department of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University Kristineberg Marine Research Station, 45034 Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
5Université Pierre & Marie Curie-Paris 6, and 6CNRS, UMR 7621, LOBB, Observatoire Oceanologique, 66651 Banyuls-sur-Mer, France
7Université Bordeaux 1, CNRS, UMR 5805 EPOC, Station Marine d’Arcachon, 2 rue du Professeur Jolyet, 33120 Arcachon, France

ABSTRACT: This review lists and discusses the different methods currently available to assess sediment reworking by benthic infauna. Direct methods are used to estimate the amount of sediment transported by infauna at the sediment–water interface during a given period of time. Particle-tracer methods are used to quantify the vertical distribution of particle tracers within the sediment column. Tracers are classified based on their mode of introduction at the sediment–water interface (i.e. whether they occur naturally or are deliberately introduced at the onset of the experiment). The main characteristics of each method, including modelling aspects, are presented, and their respective advantages and drawbacks are outlined with a particular emphasis on their accuracy, spatial (i.e. both horizontal and vertical) and temporal resolutions. Direct and particle-tracer methods assess different components of sediment reworking. Selection of the most appropriate approach depends on the specific question(s) to be answered, as well as other factors, including the behaviour of the organisms studied, the spatial and temporal scales considered, and whether the experiments are carried out in situ or under controlled laboratory conditions.


KEY WORDS: Sediment reworking · Bioturbation · Tracer · Radionuclides · Luminophores · Modelling · Particle dispersal


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Cite this article as: Maire O, Lecroart P, Meysman F, Rosenberg R, Duchêne J, Grémare A (2008) Quantification of sediment reworking rates in bioturbation research: a review. Aquat Biol 2:219-238. https://doi.org/10.3354/ab00053

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