Wave energy and wave-induced flow reduction by full-scale model Posidonia oceanica seagrass

Manca, E., Caceres, I., Alsina, J., Stratigaki, V., Townend, I. and Amos, C.L. (2012) Wave energy and wave-induced flow reduction by full-scale model Posidonia oceanica seagrass Continental Shelf Research, 50-51, pp. 100-116. (doi:10.1016/j.csr.2012.10.008).


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This paper presents results from experiments in a large flume on wave and flow attenuation by a full-scale artificial Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow in shallow water. Wave height and in-canopy wave-induced flows were reduced by the meadow under all tested regular and irregular wave conditions, and were affected by seagrass density, submergence and distance from the leading edge. The energy of irregular waves was reduced at all components of the spectra, but reduction was greater at the peak spectral frequency. Energy dissipation factors were largest for waves with small orbital amplitudes and at low wave Reynolds numbers. An empirical model, commonly applied to predict friction factors by rough beds, proved applicable to the Posidonia oceanica bed. However at the lowest Reynolds numbers, under irregular waves, the data deviated significantly from the model. In addition, the wave-induced flow dissipation in the lower canopy increased with increasing wave orbital amplitude and increasing density of the mimics. The analysis of the wave-induced flow spectra confirm this trend: the reduction of flow was greatest at the longer period component of the spectra. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings for sediment dynamics and the role of Posidonia oceanica beds in protecting the shore from erosion.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.csr.2012.10.008
ISSNs: 0278-4343 (print)
Keywords: Posidonia oceanica, Seagrass, Wave-induced flow, Energy dissipation factor, Wave-vegetation interactions
Organisations: Coastal & Shelf Research
ePrint ID: 344771
Date :
Date Event
29 October 2012e-pub ahead of print
15 December 2012Published
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 09:28
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:25
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344771

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