Phase-related patterns of tidal sand waves and benthic organisms: field observations and idealised modelling

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Abstract

Observations from the field show that the spatial distribution of benthic organisms
is strongly correlated to the morphological structure of tidal sand waves. In particular the troughs of
sand waves are typified by a large benthic community, in contrast to the crest. In this paper, we present an idealised process-based model to study these patterns of biota and sand waves. Our model
results agree with the observations that these phase-related patterns can arise on the seabed. Moreover, we show that local topography disturbances may lead to spatial patterns of both sand waves and
biomass.
Original languageEnglish
Pages63-68
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
EventMARID VI, Marine and River Dune Dynamics 2019 - University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Duration: 1 Apr 20193 Apr 2019
Conference number: 6
https://www.marum.de/Forschung/Page6449/Page9061.html

Conference

ConferenceMARID VI, Marine and River Dune Dynamics 2019
Abbreviated titleMARID VI
CountryGermany
CityBremen
Period1/04/193/04/19
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