shelf sea


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shelf sea

[′shelf ‚sē]
(oceanography)
A shallow marginal sea located on the continental shelf, usually less than 150 fathoms (275 meters) in depth; an example is the North Sea.
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Such areas are found near the shores in the Strait of Sakhalin, in some small bays, in the northeastern shelf sea of Sakhalin, to the west of the Kamchatka Peninsula and in the central region of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Sand waves have a significant effect on the activities taking place in shallow shelf seas like the North Sea.
Whilst the currents in continental shelf seas, like the Irish Sea and North Sea, are dominated by the tide, there is evidence that much weaker wind-driven currents might be responsible for circulating key nutrients within the seas.
Among the posts advertised are chairs in environmental genomics, environmental systems, marine biology of coastal shelf seas and materials chemistry.
Although it was designed and validated using data from the North Sea, the generality of the model means the method can be applied in other shallow shelf seas to redirect trawling activities from vulnerable to resilient seabeds, so protecting fishery stock food sources.
SCIENTISTS at the University of Wales, Bangor, have been awarded grants to undertake two new research projects aimed at improving our understanding of factors which influence the health of the Irish Sea and other continental shelf seas.
He said: 'The aim is to study the interaction between tiny floating marine plants and animals known as phytoplankton and the physics of continental shelf seas.
Working with experts from the Southampton Oceanography Centre teams of deep sea boffins based at University of Wales, Bangor, will be homing in on projects which could influence the "health" of the Irish Sea and other Continental Shelf seas.