Monitoring of Sandy Beach Meiofaunal Assemblages and Sediments after the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand
K. Grzelak 1, L. Kotwicki 1, W. Szczuciński 2
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1Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Powstańców Warszawy 55, 81-712 Sopot, Poland
2Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Maków Polnych 16, 61-606 Poznań, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2009;18(1):43-51
Three sandy beaches on Phuket and Kho Khao islands, Thailand, were monitored annually to study the short- and long-term impacts of the 2004 tsunami on their meiofauna assemblages and sediment characteristics. The sediment grain size compositions changed significantly within one year after the tsunami (improved sorting and less negatively skewed distributions), but meiofauna assemblages did not. The fast recolonization of the beaches after the tsunami confirmed that meiofauna is highly resilient to ecosystem disturbances. The tsunami was not observed to have a long-term impact on meiofaunal assemblages.
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