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

Report Date:

1983-11-10

Pagination or Media Count:

120.0

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Biological Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE