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Ecological Risks Of The Hydrotechnical Buildings In The Region Of The Straits Of Estonia, The Baltic Sea: Two Case Studies

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK000441

Volume

45

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

1,056 kb

Author(s)

U. Suursaar, M. Otsmann, T. Kullas, R. Tamsalu & P. Ennet

Abstract

Two case studies are analysed in the shallow marine area of West Estonia, consisting of a zone of straits, the islands and the semi-enclosed sub-basins. First, possible environmental risks and ecological developments in relation to the plans to build a fixed road link (a bridge with sections of the dam) across the Suur Strait from the Estonian mainland to the biggest island of the West Estonian Archipelago. Second, to make openings into the existing road dam, by which the Vaike Strait has been closed for about 100 years; local eutrophication and sediment displacement is already evident. 2D hydrodynamic and forced oscillation water exchange models are used for simulations and the future prospects are discussed. It was found t

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