EVALUATION OF SEAGRASS AS A WAVE ENERGY DISSIPATION ELEMENT

Edgar Mendoza, Jose Hoil, Rodolfo Silva, Cecilia Enriquez

Abstract


In shallow water, particularly near the coast, the hydrodynamics are influenced by bottom friction which, increases with depth reduction and the complexity of the sea floor, mostly in the presence of vegetation. Although little is still known about the seagrass capability to reduce wave energy, it is known to increase the sediment stability in anthropogenically disturbed areas; hence the interest of evaluating their efficiency as a means for coastal protection.

Keywords


seagrass; wave energy dissipation

References


Fonseca and Cahalan.(1992).A preliminary evaluation of wave attenuation fortourspecies ofseagrass. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Sci. 35:565-576.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0272-7714(05)80039-3


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