Although estuarine ecological systems are of proven importance to human society, estuarine studies tend to be site specific and restricted in scope. A vital need is research on the comparative dynamics of estuarine systems from different climatic regions to provide a better basis for
developing a scientific understanding of their similarities and dissimilarities which is essential to developing a rational management program. One fundamental question is do the functional responses of coastal ecosystems differ between temperate and tropical zones in the same way that
the physiological responses of organisms differ between these zones.
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