A physical derivation of nutrient-uptake rates in coral reefs: effects of roughness and waves

@article{Hearn2001APD,
  title={A physical derivation of nutrient-uptake rates in coral reefs: effects of roughness and waves},
  author={Clifford J. Hearn and Marlin J. Atkinson and James L Falter},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
  year={2001},
  volume={20},
  pages={347-356}
}
Mass-transfer rates between water and benthos are derived based on the dissipation of energy by the benthic communities of coral reefs. Roughness of the benthic communities causes currents and waves to dissipate energy on reef flats at rates which far exceed ocean values of energy dissipation. The derivation here shows that first-order rate constants for nutrient uptake are (1) proportional to energy dissipation to the 0.25 root, (2) proportional to the bottom shear stress to the 0.4 root, and… CONTINUE READING
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