Accession Number : ADA134709

Title :   Mechanical Limits to Size in Wave-Swept Organisms.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Jul 79-Jul 81,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ZOOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Denny,M W ; Daniel,T L ; Koehl,M A R

PDF Url : ADA134709

Report Date : 10 Nov 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 120

Abstract : It is proposed that wave forces, specifically the inertial force due to water acceleration, limits the sizes of wave-swept organisms. A model is provided which predicts the probability of dislodgement based on empirically measurable parameters. This model is tested using various wave-swept species, and in several cases is believed to be applicable. A method is outlined for predicting survivorship as a function of size, and applications of this method are examined.

Descriptors :   *Aquatic organisms, *Mathematical models, Mathematical prediction, Probability, Parameters, Water flow, Water waves, Velocity, Acceleration, Drag, Lift, Coefficients, Sizes(Dimensions)

Subject Categories : Biology
      Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE