The health of aquatic canopies such as coral reefs and seagrasses is strongly affected by the rate of material exchange across canopy boundaries. Through extensive laboratory investigations, this research develops a means of predicting residence time in these ecosystems by consideration of vertical mixing and the mean current generated by the canopy roughness. These processes, which are significantly impacted by canopy flexibility, are quantified in both rigid and flexible model canopies. This research thereby enhances our capacity to determine the residence time of dissolved and particulate material in coastal canopies, and the resultant impact on processes critical to ecosystem health.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||19 Jul 2017|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|
- Embargoed from 13/06/2019 to 13/12/2020. Made publicly available on 13/12/2020.