The use of time-series data in the assessment of macrobenthic community change after the cessation of sewage sludge disposal in Liverpool Bay (UK)

Whomersley, Paul, Schratzberger, Michaela, Huxham, Mark, Bates, Helen and Rees, Hubert L. (2007) The use of time-series data in the assessment of macrobenthic community change after the cessation of sewage sludge disposal in Liverpool Bay (UK). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54 (1). pp. 32-41. ISSN 0025-326X

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Abstract

Sewage sludge was disposed of in Liverpool Bay for over 100 years. Annual amounts increased from 0.5 million tonnes per annum in 1900 to approximately 2 million tonnes per annum by 1995. Macrofauna and a suite of environmental variables were collected at a station adjacent to, and a reference station distant from, the disposal site over 13 years, spanning a pre- (1990–1998) and post- (1999–2003) cessation period. Univariate and multivariate analyses of the time-series data showed significant community differences between reference and disposal site stations and multivariate analyses revealed station-specific community development post-disposal. Temporal variability of communities collected at the disposal station post-cessation was higher than during years of disposal, when temporally stable dominance patterns of disturbance-tolerant species had established. Alterations of community structure post-disturbance reflected successional changes possibly driven by facilitation. Subtle faunistic changes at the Liverpool Bay disposal site indicate that the near-field effects of the disposal of sewage sludge were small and therefore could be considered environmentally acceptable.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84170
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.07.008

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